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the principles of the Reformers. He minations and all towns and all (the learned Professor) would soon countries? The curse of Babel might die ; and his only regret was not to be taken off if they felt that they all have seen the Gospel taking deeper spoke the same tongue, not by words, root in his own poor country. Eng. but by deeds. He thanked England land had told the world that liberty for what she had done for the and religion must be allied ; England wounded soldiers and the distressed had taught the world that true liberty peasantry during the lato war; and, must have a real and everlasting basis. in return, warned Eugland to take It was a great joy to him to look care of Roman Catholicism. Ho upon his brethren ia Christ, and to loved England, he had seen the dan. know that, though they were all differ- gers of Romanism, and he warned her ent by birth and education, they were against its power, Roman Catholicism all one by faith in Jesus. He still kept its band upon them; England expressed his intense horror of war, bad not sufficiently got rid of it. " Take and asked, how should they be able to care" were his last words to England arrest it? How but through Jesus and his dear brethren of the Evangelical Christ, and by the union of all deno. Alliance.-Evangelical Christendom,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. MR. THOMAS CRABTREE, of Shipley, doubt; often referring, both in the was the son of godly and devoted earlier and more recent class-meetings members of the Wesleyan-Methodist which he attended, to the blessedness Society, of which his father was for of that hour, and to the abounding many years a leader, and his earliest peace and joy wbich he there received. associations were favourable to the He began to meet in the class of his formation and culture of religious esteemed father, and was greatly behabits. But spiritual religion is not loved by his early associates in the hereditary, and to the children of the Christian life, some of whom still most eminent saints, the exhortation remain, and refer with deep emotion of the great Teacher, “ Ye must be to their blessed intercourse with him. born again,” needs to be solemnly and His attendance on all the publio earnestly addressed. His convictions and social means of grace, including of sin were deep and pungent, and his the early Sunday morning prayer. struggles for complete deliverance meeting at six o'clock, was, so long as were, it is believed, protracted. health permitted, most exemplary ;
His conversion to God occurred while his uniform consistency of cha. about the year 1819. With peculiar racter, and his devotion to the cause pleasure he pointed out to the present of Christ, were grateful to the Church, writer the place, in Cliff Lane, where, His excellent father, perceiving hopeburdened with a painful sense of ful promise in him of more extensive the Divino displeasure, he laid down usefulness, requested him occasionally the work on which he was employed, to meet the class, an exercise acceptand, kneeling upon a portion of the able to the members of it, and im. loom at wbich he was engaged, ob. proving to his own piety and gifts. tained an assurance of God's pardoning Mr. Crabtree's engagements as a love. By faith in the Atonement, he local preacher commenced about 1828 became "& new creature" in Christ or 1829, when his name appeared on Jesus. Of the verity of that change the Bingley plan. His entrance upon he never entertained the slightest this work was preceded by great gearchings of heart, arising from deep sions " in the Lord;" and having deconvictions of its solemn responsi. Toatly sought the guidance of Divine bilities. Evidence of his careful pre- providence, these unions proved the paration for the pulpit is furnished occasion of much domestic and spi. by his memoranda, which present ritual blessing. "sound" words which could not be Among the more prominent traits "condemned," and testify to his of Mr. Crabtree's character, we may successful efforts to bring out of the notice his cheerfulness. His was a treasure of his heart “ things new and peculiarly happy type of Christianity. old," and thus " commend himself to “ Rejoice in the Lord alway: and every man's conscience in the sight again I say, Rejoice," vas s precept of God.” In the selection of the texts which found a faithful exposition in of his earlier discourses he showed his radiant countenance, which, when himself to be a discreet and thoughtful lit up by animated conversation or as he was a modest and humble, man. religious engagements, revealed the
During a blessed revival of the sunshine of a joyous heart. In the work of God at Windhill, about the service of song, either in the Church, or year 1832, he experienced & special in the social circle, he greatly delighted, visitation from on high, and entered " singing and making melody in his into various religious movements heart to the Lord.” In his earlier with all the freshness and zeal of a years he assisted to conduct the soul “ in its earliest love." The tone psalmody in the chapel, and to the last of spiritual feeling was so greatly ele- to render such service was an unfailing vated, and the impressions produced pleasure; to few persons might the jubi. on the minds of multitndes were so lant resolve of David have been more powerful, that large numbers crowded fitly applied, “I will bless the Lord to meetings held during the interval at all times : His praise sball con. allowed for dinner. On one occasion tinually be in my mouth.” Mr. Crabtree, mounted on one of the His attachment to the Church of large baskets employed in the worsted Christ was constant and warm, manufacture, exhorted, or led the Having obtained the blessing of per. devotions of the assembled worship- sonal salvation under the spiritual pers, and had the pleasure of directing ministrations of Wesleyan-Methodism, many to "the Lamb of God, which his love to its doctrines and discipline taketh away the sin of the world." was intense and abiding. Kind and With a steady zeal, which was ever catholic in his relations to other tempered with wisdom, he continued Churches, and cultivating friendship to render valuable service to the cause with all who love the “Lord Jesus of God, and the religious interests of Christ in sincerity," his devotedness the neighbourhood. Up to this period to Methodism was the result of carehe had been somewhat reticent, but ful observation, and intelligent and the gracious baptism of the Holy Spirit prayerful study. His confidence in it which he now realized, and the scenes was never shaken by any assault, of spiritual success he now witnessed, however vehement or severe ; while gave a new impulse to his religious hostility only tended to increased life, and brought out more fully and manifestations of his regard for it. clearly his excellent qualities. He His love to the ministers of Christ was appointed a leader; an office for was great; they were welcome visitors which he was peculiarly qualified, at his house. Not forgetful of the and which he retained to the close of injunction to “ esteem them very life. He also sustained for many bighly in love for their work's sake," years the office of Circuit-steward. be ever showed the most sincere He was twice married, on both occa- respect towards them, evincing s lively interest in everything bearing the observance of a solemn religious on their reputation, honour, and use- duty, from which he never sought to fulness. As Circuit-steward he was be released. studious to promote their personal His health was not for some period and domestic comfort, and his official robust, and an affection of the respiintercourse with them will be long ratory organs, from which he suffered and gratefully remembered by many. at intervals for many years, presented
Nor should his liberality be forgotten, cause for increasing solicitude. It is He was discriminating and unosten- probable that a sermon from Amos tatious; perhaps it is not too much to iv, 12, “Prepare to meet thy God," affirm that no appropriate application was the last he preached. In an for his pecuniary aid was ever declined. address delivered a short time preThe Windhill chapel, both in its ori. vious to the failure of his health, he ginal form, and especially in its pre dwelt with much pathos and animasent enlarged and beautiful arrange- tion on " the cloud of witnesses " by ments, presents no mean memorial of which the people of God are surintelligent and well-directed Christian rounded, and the glory of the rebenevolence; he, in connection with deemed, in which they hope to share. other noble donors, having contributed Forgetting for a while his weakness he largely to it, and by it he will still speak expatiated upon the theme with such to successive generations of his fellow. fervour and beauty as occasioned deep townsmen. To the cause of Foreign feeling ; one gentleman remarking Missions he was also a munificent that it was a rich spiritual treat to contributor, as well as a zealous advo- listen to such an address from one cate of it. No object, in fact, of Con. whose whitened locks told of advanced nexional interest was allowed to pass eventide. Perhaps even then he had unheeded. A "giver” of the order premonitions of his approaching dewhich the Lord loveth, "cheerful," parture. often spontaneous, he was wont to After being confined to his house “Do good by stealth,
for a considerable period, during which And blush to find it fame."
the conversations and prayers of minis.
ters and friends were ever welcome, The poor and friendless found in him and proved the occasion of mutual a willing ear and sympathizing heart; profit and pleasure, he visited More. and in cases of necessity more sub- cambe and Grange, hoping that the stantial aid was not wanting: balmy sea breeze, and an atmosphere the tongue of the widow and the peculiarly beneficial to pulmonary fatherless was often eloquent in his affections, might allay suffering and praise.
invigorate his failing strength. But “ Diligent in business," as he was these hopes proved unavailing, and it "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord,” was but too apparent that his days Mr. Crabtree was, in his commercial were numbered. On his return phy. pursuits, successful. He was wont to sical prostration rendered conversation Ascribe this to the practice of the rule exceedingly painful, and all but imprac. of Christian liberality, and to the favour ticable to him. At a later period he of Him who “maketh rich," and to was able to converse a little, when his His blessing "addeth no sorrow;" replies to the inquiries of his friends and in the time of temporal prosperity as to his religious interests and pros. he did not either retire from the pects were satisfactory, and spoke of Church of his fathers, or blush to avow assured confidence and joyous expechimself a Wesleyan-Methodist. His tation. Conversing with the writer he profession of religion was not a ques. exclaimed, “ A sinner saved by grace!” tion of convenience or expediency, but and then, lifting up his attenuated
arm, and pointing upwards, said, “I sively to the will of Him who am going to elim my heavenly man. •blesseth' when He takes away' sion ! * adding, in a tone peculiarly and when He gires,' would express pathetic and impressive, ** The blood of its assured trust that the great Head Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin.” of the Church will continue to raise After a serere paroxysm of his com- op appropriate instruments for the plaint be repeated, in s jabilant perpetuation and extension of His manner, the couplet,
Johx P. LOCEWOOD. * Come, let us join cur cheerful songs
MR. ROBERT C. LANCE was born in With angels round the throne." Worcester, in the year 1831. His
father and mother were Wesleyan While passing through " the valley Methodists, and he gained at home, his mind was kept in peace, and the while rery young, the profound respect victory granted him over the last for religion, and the ardent attachment enemy was decisive. Escorted by "the to Methodism, which distinguished him shining ones” he passed " through to the end of his life. In a short the gates into the city," and on March account of his conversion, written saon 21st, 1868, entered into the joy of his after be entered upon his Christian Lord, aged sixty-eight years. We do career, and found amongst his papers not affirm that Mr. Crabtree ras after his death, he says, “I remementirely faultless, but he possessed ber when quite young being many mapy and rare excellencies; and the times seriously impressed, and thinkrespect in which his memory was ing I should like to become a Christian. held was evinced by the large number I was always pecnliarly attached to the who attended his funeral to show the Methodists, and many times resolved last tribute of respect to departed worth. that they should be 'my people, and
This brief memorial may be fitly their God my God.'” closed by transcribing the following When seren years old he lost his Resolution of the Quarterly Meeting, father, and at twelve left home to which was passed on the occasion of make his own way in the world. He his death :
went out of the Christian atmosphere "That this Meeting deeply regrets in which he had been reared into one to record the decease of its senior far less favourable; but bis religions Circuit-steward. It gratefully recalls desires, though chilled, were not the memory of his early conversion, destroyed, and when about sixteen the earnestness of his piety, and the years of age he found pardon and peace simplicity of his character; as also in Christ. He was led one Sabbath his unwearied and unreserved deyo. evening, by an influence he could not tion to the interests of the Church then understand, into a Wesleyan of Christ, and more especially so in chapel, from which he had been long the period of Connexional difficulty; absent. The earnestness of the and the liberal aid which he afforded preacher's prayer fixed the lad's attento all local enterprises and Connexional tion, and before the prayer was conefforts.
cluded he was deeply convinced of sin. “It rejoices to learn that the even. The text, “Go in peace, and sin no ing of his days was cheered by the more," came to him as a blessed consolations of the Holy Spirit, and absolution from God's own voice, and that his departure was eminently that night he commenced a happy and peaceful and joyous.
useful Christian course. A cousin, " It would tender its affectionate DOW & respected minister among the condolence to the members of his Independents, sought and found the family; and while bowing submis- Saviour with him.
Those were troublous times for rarely was he absent from the temple Methodism. The village chapels in at the hour of prayer. A minister the Circuit in which Mr. Lance lived who knew him well writes, “ He never were almost deserted, and the con. failed when at home to be present at gregations which gathered in them the Sunday-night prayer-meeting, and had few to minister to them the Word often did the Lord vouchsafe to him of life. This was a great grief to the and to his fellow-suppliants rich and young convert, and in six months from joyful manifestations of His presence.” the time of his conversion, when barely Mr. Lance was signally useful in the seventeen, he became a local preacher, stewardships entrusted to him. To -one of a band of young men not yet look after the material prosperity of forgotten in many quiet Gloucester. the Church was to him, more than to shire villages, and which gave to most men, a labour of love. He was Methodism two or three able ministers. wise in planning, loyal in executing To the end of his days, Mr. Lance loved the plans of others, ready to give time, this work, and was useful in it. In thought, or money, for the support and the busiest times he found leisure for extension of the cause he loved. It preparing sermons, and when most was very gratifying to him, that, durwearied found rest in preaching them. ing his term of office as Circuit-steward
In 1853 he removed to Driffield, all the chapels in the Circuit were freed where he spent the remaining seven. from debt. He was an enthusiastic teen years allotted to him. He mar. friend of Methodism,-a firm believer ried an amiable and devoted Christian in its mission, and a warm friend to lady, and to her sympathy and help its preachers : never was be to be seen he gladly traced much of his after to greater advantage than at his own success. His energy and thoroughness fireside, with a minister as his guest. soon gave him a prominent position Yet men of other Churches found it an in his new sphere. He was called to easy task to enlist his sympathy and fill, one by one, all the Circuit offices help for any good work : he felt him. of Methodism, and in each department self to be the servant of God, and of service was found faithful: as his many pleasing testimonies have been responsibilities grew heavier, his given to the readiness with which he personal piety increased. He delighted responded to the claims made upon bim in that direct spiritual work for in behalf of the cause of Christ from which Methodism offers so many op- whatever quarter they came. He was portunities. Not only was he a zea- deeply interested in the “ temperance. lous local preacher, but he was also & movement," and was for some years wise and successful class-leader. Ho the president of the “Driffield Tem. entered upon bis leadership with perance Society." trembling; read, and thought, and His home-life was very beautiful : prayed much, in order to fit himself for he was a faithful busband and a good it; and his kindliness, his good com. father. The greatest sorrow he exmon sense, his happy personal reli- perienced was the loss of three of his gion made him, in the class-room, a children,-two of them in one week. blessing to many. Nor did he forget The stroke was heavy, but he was able the end of all Christian toil. One of to bear it, resting in the assurance his sayings when he was dying was, of the Great Father's love. Me had “This soul-saving work is glorious; one precious compensating joy,--his there is no other worth doing.” He eldest daughter, at a very early age, greatly prized the means of grace. gave her heart to God, and joined her Holding that business which would father's own religious communion. It keep him, and those in his employ- must remain among the mysteries ment, from the week-night services, of Divine Providence that Mr. Lance must yield more loss than profit,' was smitten down by brain-fever in