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form seriousness, and unimpeachable' the esteem and love of his brethren, integrity, combined with a mature amongst whom he made many warm judgment, gained for him the affection friends, he was singularly free from and confidence of his brethren, as well ambition and the love of applause. His as the esteem and respect of the people private life was to the end an example of to whom he preached the Word of Life. cheerful piety and industry. His homeHe entered the ministry with a mind character was lovely; affectionate and stored with general information, and thoughtful, he was the light, as well as being a diligent student in theology, the head, of the household. became “a workman that needed not preacher, the range of the topics on to be ashamed, rightly dividing the wbich he was wont to dwell was comword of truth.” His sermons, which prehensive, and adapted to the times. indicated careful preparation and con- He was a thorough theologian: it was not siderable mental ability, were cha. his habit to turn aside from a subject racterized by powerful appeals to the because it required long-continued conscience, manifesting his deep con- and profound thought, or from a text cern for the salvation of those to whom because it demanded much study and he preached. His few years of retire- exact criticism. In the pulpit he ment were beclouded by great mental pursued his theme with logical correctdepression, arising from physical ness and force; so that it was often an causes ; but he never lost his hold upon intellectual treat, as well as a spiritual the promises of God, or the blessed feast, to hear him. He was not given hope of eternal life. His end was very impatiently to expect immediate visible sudden. On the 23rd of September, results from his delivery of the Gospel 1872, he was abroad, attending to message, but was content to wait trustsome matters of business, and retired fully when these seemed to tarry. As to rest as usual, but before midnight a pastor he was attentive, judicious, and bis happy spirit had eseaped to the sympathizing; as a friend his honour paradise of God. He died in the sixtieth was always worthy of reliance, and his year of his age, and the thirty-second judgment of confidence. As an adminof his ministry.
istrator of Connexional affairs he was 2. GEORGE TURNER (A) ; who was calm, wise, and prudent; and in critical born at Norton, near Sheffield, in 1801. times showed great ability and dignity. He was converted to God in his nine- As an author he excelled : his“Constituteenth year, entered the Wesleyan. tion and Discipline of Wesleyan-MethodMethodist ministry in 1824, and for ism," and his work on “The Divine Validforty-four years was uninterruptedly ity of Infant Baptism as Administered by engaged in our full ministerial work. Pouring or Sprinkling," are text-bookson During his public life he was appointed, these subjects. He was a valuable contrias Superintendent, to some of the most butor to the “Wesleyan-Methodist Magaimportant of our Circuits, and was, atzine" and other periodicals. His logical different times, Chairman of several method and luminous style were adapted Districts. He was profoundly attached to convince the reader. Mr. Turner's to Wesleyan-Methodism, and was both Jast days were such as became the close a lucid expositor and an able defender of a life so pure, useful, and honourable. of its principles; his pen was ever ready He was afflicted with heart-discase ; in behalf either of its polity or doctrine; but his mind retained its vigour, while and, on his retirement in 1868, the the ripening of the fruits of the Spirit Conference addressed to him an official within him became very evident. He letter of thanks " for his efficient ser- keenly felt the deprivation when it was vices in the spread and defence of found necessary for bim to cease from Methodism." His personal character preaching. The fatal illness was short, stood very high. An upright man, he and free from pain. His demeanour in spurned with indignation any approach his last hours was tranquil, reverent, to intrigue, dissimulation, or and devout: he “endured, as seeing reaching. He was of a noble, trans- Him who is invisible," waiting patiently, parent, unselfish,
and confiding with confidence in bis Redeemer, till disposition; and while highly valuing his change came. The last sentence he
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uttered was, “Let some one pray.” As hearers. But it is more particularly as a the prayer ended he responded," Amen," pastor that his memory will be cherished. and shortly afterwards his spirit quietly His untiring diligence, his patience, his entered into rest. He died at Sunder. faithful yet tender warnings, and his land, September 28th, 1872, in the gentle encouragements, won the reverseventy-first year of his age, and the ence and love of those among whom he forty-ninth of his ministry.
laboured; while his uniform Christian 3. Joseph LOWTHIAN; who was born temper and conduct caused many, and at Renwick, in Cumberland, July 28th, especially his family and friends, to 1799. The son of Methodist parents, "glorify God in him." He died in the he gave himself to God in very early life. seventy-fourth year of his age, and the A paper written by himself in reference fifty-first of his ministry. to that period records many gracious 4. EDWARD SUMNER; who was born visitations of the Holy Spirit, his delight at Epperstone, in the county of Notin secret prayer, and his sense of God's tingham. Under the careful training favour. For a time, however, the in- of his parents, the first Methodists of that fluence of ungodly companions led him village, he feared God from his yonth, to incline to infidelity. But he was and was converted in his fourteenth followed by Divine grace; a
year. By careful reading and close preached by his father induced him to study he became a wise, able, and use. go once more in sincere penitence to ful preacher of the Gospel. His serthe cross of Christ, and he soon obtained mons, which were expository and a renewed assurance of God's pardoning natural in their arrangement, were love. Thenceforth his Christian course delivered with earnestness, and often was unwavering; and though, from closed with a pointed and telling apnervousness of temperament occasioned plication. As a Superintendent he was by long-continued bodily weakness, his prompt, methodical, gentle, but yet religious experience was often less joyous firm. He was a steadfast friend and than that of some others, he remained diligent pastor, paying great attention steadfast, and to the end enjoyed "peace to young men who gare promise of future with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” usefulness; several of whom remember Of his call to the ministry he had no his judicious hints and counsel, and kind doubt; to use his own words, “Every encouragement and remonstrances. In other path seemed blocked up.” From all the relations of life he showed "an. his first appointment, which was to the corruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound Brecon Circuit in the year 1822, to the speech that could not be condemned." year 1860, when he was compelled by His voice failing, he became a Supernufailure of health to become a Supernu- merary in 1851, residing in Madeley. merary, he continued a faithful and ear- But he still strove in various ways "to nest preacher of the Gospel. When he serve his generation by the will of God," could no longer perform the public work interesting himself especially in pro of the ministry, his diminishing strength moting religious education. He prowas employed in leading classes, and in jected, and ultimately completed, the visiting members of the Society, especi- “Fletcher Memorial School, at Madeally the sick and aged. From such labours ley Wood. For three years before his of love he only ceased when incapacitated death his mind was beclouded, except at by the illness which terminated in his rare and brief intervals. When taken death. For two months he lay in a state for death, he rallied for a moment, and of complete physical prostration, but said, in his former tones and voice, evidently enjoying settled tranquillity of "Jesus !" and, "God bless you." He mind. On the morning of October 17th, then relapsed into unconsciousness, till 1872, he finished his course so calmly be passed away to his eternal reward. that those who stood by could not tell He died November the Oth, 1872, in the the moment of his departure. Mr. Low. eightieth year of his age, and fifty-sixth thian's preaching was characterized by of his ministry. unflinching fidelity to the saving truths 5. Henry VIVYAN OLVER; who was of God's Word, and by his enforcement born at Launceston, April 30th, 1790. of them upon the consciences of his His musical taste and skill first brought him, whilst yet a child, into connection asleep” on Sunday, November 10th with Methodism. He early found the 1872, in the eighty.third year of his age, Saviour's grace, and entered upon His and the sixty-first of his ministry. His service. As a youth he was thoughtful was a long life, well spent and well and studious beyond his years. Whilst ended. he busied himself with all knowledge 6. John Joshua PARKER; who was for professional purposes, his daily born at Cambridge, in January, 1850, delight was in the Word of God, and in and was made a partaker of saving such exposition of it as may be found grace when sixteen years of age. Con. in the writings of Mr. Wesley, Mr. strained by the love of Christ, he soon Fletcher, and the older English divines. began to call sinners to repentance; His knowledge of the Bible was and having a deep conviction that it remarkably full and exact. Having was his duty to go" far hence" to the earned a good degree by diligence and heathen, offered himself for missionusefulness in the Launceston Circuit, work. In 1870 he entered the Richhe was summoned, with brief notice, to mond branch of the Thcological Instithe ranks of the Methodist ministry by tution ; but his health not being the Conference of 1812, and entered at considered sufficiently vigorous for once upon his work as a Home-Mission- labour in the foreign field, he was sent ary minister in the Barnstaple Circuit. to Accrington, and at the following Marvellously preserved in 1814 from Conference to the Leigh Circuit. He death at the hands of a mob at Rick. was a young man of great promise. mansworth, then in the Luton CircuitHis earnest sermons, his fervent prayers, he lived to preach the Gospel for more and godly conversation, produced in a than fifty years. His labours were con- short time an impression upon the fined to the Western Districts of minds of those who heard him which England. As a proacher he was thought will not soon pass away.
His one ful, clear, evangelical, and earnest; and purpose was to win souls to Christ, and he loved to dwell upon the fulness and God gave him the desire of his heart. freeness of the Divine grace. As a
On the 27th of October hę preached his pastor he was diligent and systematic sermon, from "Watchman, what of in both town and village ; and his the night ?” and those who listened to fidelity and sympathy endeared him to him on that occasion, felt that to him many. In temperament, he was keenly “the night” was near. He sank rapidly sensitive in the presence of circum- until, on the 25th of November, 1872, stances either friendly or adverse; and he fell asleep in Jesus, in the twenty. thence arose many of his greatest third year of his age, and the second of enjoyments and of his sorest trials. In his ministry. his unselfish devotion to his ministerial 7. William Shaw (A); who was born at duties he never faltered. Wken, after Glasgow, of Yorkshire parents, and died forty-two years spent in the full work, he at Brixton, December 3 rd, 1872, in the was no longer able to endure its responsi- seventy-fourth year of his age, and the bility, he continued to render willing fifty-third of his ministry. The greater and efficient service as a Supernumerary part of his ministerial life was spent in in the Banwell Circuit, where for twelve South Africa, whither he was appointed years he usually preached twice on the to accompany the first English settlers Sunday and occasionally on the week in what is now called the Eastern Proday. In 1866 he removed to Redland, vince of the Cape of Good Hope. About in the Clifton Circuit, where increasing three years after his arrival, his labours infirmities soon closed his public were extended from these British resilabours. Notwithstanding intervals of dents to the natives of the country, acute suffering, he was daily cheered by among whom he established missions the presence and favour of his Lord; beyond the Colonial boundary, thus untis, with a full consciousness of his laying the foundations of Methodism dependence upon Divine mercy through in that part of the African Continent. In the one Atonement, and with a child the extension and direction of the evan. like, unquestioning confidence in the gelizing work both within and beyond fatherly love of God, he painlessly "fell the colonies which were successively formed, he was actively occupied for sinners. In wide and laborious Circuits, more than thirty years, and to him, and in some cases amidst strong oppaunder God, its present prosperous con- sition, he did the work of an evangelist dition is very largely owing. His with zeal and devotion, evincing the steady, practical piety, his calmly. sincerity and strength of his religious fervent zeal, his patience, prudence, and convictions. By frequent and loud sagacity, eminently fitted him for the preaching he lost his voice, and after post of General Superintendent, which twenty-eight years of faithful service, he held for twenty years, and secured was obliged to desist from travelling, him the confidence and respect of all and resume, to some extent, his worldly classes of the community. On his re- Occupation. He extricated himself turn to England he spent ten years from business as soon as practicable, in important Circuits; and retired as a and eventually settled in Leeds, where Supernumerary in 1869, still, however, for many years he was a willing helper continuing to render valuable service, of the Circuit ministers. To Method. especially in connection with the Mis- ism he was ardently attached : he de sionary and Education departments. In lighted in the society of his ministerial the year 1865 he was, with much cor- brethren, and was an earnest lover of diality, chosen President of the Confer- good men. In old age and feebleness ence, his brethren being glad in this he was most exemplary in his attendmanner to show their esteem for his ance on the means of grace, and bore character, and their sense of the value ready and frequent testimony to "the of his services. It was manifest that grace of God that bringeth salvation." his long absence from England had not Having outlived almost all his contemimpaired his fitness for office at home; poraries, he died in peace, December and he showed himself an able and 17th, 1872, in the ninetieth year of his faithful administrator in the several age, and the sixty-fifth of his ministry. posts he was called to fill. Few more 9. JOHN GEDEN; wbo was born Febtruly valuable men have been found in ruary 21st, 1793, at Lower Tysoe, in the ranks of the Methodist ministry, the county of Warwick. He was the and none have been more generally son of Methodist parents, and received esteemed. Devout, benign, watchful, a wise and holy training. He found benevolent, wise in counsel, sober in peace with God after a prolonged period thought and speech, all his excellencies of Divine discipline and of painful were enhanced by an habitual modesty, spiritual conflict. For several years he His declining years were happy, and approved himself a true servant of Christ, his end was peaceful. His epitaph by manifold labour and suffering as a might be written in the words of Scrip village-evangelist and shepherd of souls. ture, describing one of the first mis- In 1816, dreading the responsibilities sionaries to the heathen, “He was a of the ministry, yet compelled by stress good man, and full of the Holy Ghost of conscience to offer himself for it, he and of faith: and much people was was accepted by the Conference, and added unto the Lord."
the year following was sent to his first 8. John ROADHOUSE ; who was born Circuit, in the Isle of Wight. From at Monkfryston, Yorkshire, September this time till he became a Supernume 20th, 1783. He was early a subject of rary, in 1865, he discharged the duties religious impressions. Attending a of a Methodist minister, filling, as he lovefeast when about eighteen years of advanced in life, some of the higher age, he found "peace in believing." offices of the Connexion with exemplary He entered the ministry in the year diligence, fidelity, and pureness of 1808. His offer was refused by the Christian aim. His mind was robust, District Committee on the ground of and in his early course he took much the feebleness of his health ; but the pains to equip himself with theolodemand for labourers exceeding the gical and general knowledge.
He supply, the Conference appointed him invariably preached under a profound to the Stafford Circuit, where, as in sense of the gravity of his vocation, other places, his ministry was greatly and his sermons combined some of the owned of God in the conversion of best qualities of the Christian expositor,
divine, and moralist. He was a con- * Fixed on this ground will I remain, "etc; scientious and laborious pastor, and “Jesu, Lover of my soul," etc. administered public affairs with con
To his family he said, "Love the Lord, spicuous wisdom and judgment. His all of you.” He died at Brettle Lane, in love of Methodism was only second to his inflexible loyalty to the Gospel
. 1872, in the sixty-seventh year of his
the Stourbridge Circuit, December 28th, He was transparent, modest, upright, age, and the forty-second of his ministry. generous, knowing nothing of selfish.
11. James DOHERTY; who was born ness, conceit, or ambition. It was the
at Tunstall, Staffordshire, in the year simple purpose of his life to do the
1830. He was a subject of powerful will of God, and to be meet for the religious influence in early life, and his coming of the Master. Some years conversion, which was very marked, before his death his physical strength
was followed by a life-consecration to gave way, but his mind retained its
God. His services as a local preacher force till within a very little of the
were highly acceptable and useful; and, end. Almost his last conscious act was
having passed through a course of train. a solemn ascription of “ Glory to God for ever for the precious blood of ing at Didsbury, he entered the ministry Christ !” He died at Taunton, Decem- always aimed at a faithful exposition of
in the year 1855. His preaching, which ber 26th, 1872, in the eightieth year of God's Word, derived interest from its his age, and the fifty-seventh of his originality and fluency, as well as from ministry. 10. WILLIAM Fox; who was born at attended. Of gentle disposition and
the Divine power with which it was Attercliffe, near Sheffield, in the year retiring habits, he sought no prominence 1806. When seventeen years of age
but that which the discharge of duty he was deeply convinced of sin, and involved, yet he acquired the sincere exercising faith in Christ, received the respect of his hearers, and the deep assurance of forgiveness by the Spirit of affection of those who knew him closely. adoption. About two years afterwards he felt called of God to preach the Gospel, delicate health to retire for a reason
A few years ago he was compelled by and in a little while entered our minis.
from the full work of the ministry. On try, with a strong preference for mission. his return to his beloved labour, he sought work; but there being no opening at with increased earnestness to fulfil his the time, he spent two years in Circuits
The Master, however, had deat home, in one of which it is believed signed for him an early entrance into not fewer than a hundred persons were rest. His final illness was brief; but converted under his ministry in the a few hours before bis departure, he course of a few weeks. In April, 1833, was able to declare himself resting upon he sailed for Western Africa, where, for Christ, and fully prepared for the great ten years, he laboured with great change. He has left behind him & earnestness and success. He is re
testimony to the reality of his faith membered with much esteem by his
more valuable than even last words of brother-missionaries a zealous, victorious triumph, the testimony of a persevering, and warm-hearted fellow. consistent Cbristian life. He departed worker. After his return to this hence, at St. George's-in-the-East, on country he laboured in various English Monday, December 30th, 1872, in the Circuits with much fervour and useful forty-third year of his age, and the ness. As a preacher, he was sententious eighteenth of his ministry. and pointed, and his sermons were 12. Joan Isaac Muff, son of the late delivered with great pathos and power. Rev. Isaac Muff; who was born at In prayer he had “power with God," Burton-on-Trent, December 14th, 1816, and "prevailed.” Through a severe ill. and died at Slingsby, in the Malton ness, he was obliged to become a Super- Circuit, January 8th, 1873.
He was numerary at the last Conference. A converted to God during a gracious violent cold, caught in December, awakening among the boys at Woodhastened his end. His death na gsudden, house-Grove School. When eighteen but peaceful. Some of his lust words years of age, he began to preach, and were the lines,
six years afterwards entered the minis.