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try, the full duties of which he discharged energies to the preaching of the Gospel. with fidelity and suocess for twenty- He was favoured with a collegiate course
Modest and retiring in in theology, and in the year 1842 was disposition, he was a man of devout appointed to a Circuit; in which, as spirit, of blameless character, and of also in thirteen others successively asconsistent life; highly esteemed by his signed to him, he exercised an eminentbrethren, and loved by all who knew ly awakening and edifying ministry, to him intimately. He was well-read in which God gave many seals. He was theology, and possessed a considerable a diligent pastor, and greatly endeared fund of general information. His himself to the people of his charge. In discourses, which were carefully prepared the year 1870 he was appointed to the and earnestly delivered, were evangelical, Buxton Circuit, where he continued to instructive, and practical. His atten- toil with unabated ardour until a few tion to pastoral duties was marked weeks before he was called to exchange by great diligence ; his sympathizing mortality for life. Having been laid spirit and gentle manners eminently aside by a succession of colds, and harasfitting him for this work, and rendering sed by much perplexity and reiterated his visits, especially to the sick and sorrows, his vigorous frame began to distressed, acceptable and beneficial. give way; and although his medical He was a judicious Superintendent, and attendant considered him out of danger, affectionate colleague, and a faithful and he himself was confidently expecting friend. Mr. Muff possessed an accurate to resume his beloved employment on and extensive acquaintance with the the foilowing Sunday, on January 14th, laws and usages of Wesleyan-Methodism, 1873, he sweetly breathed his spirit into was strongly attached to its doctrines the hands of his faithful Redeemer, in and discipline, and intensely loved his the fifty-eighth year of his age, and the ministerial work. At the Conference thirty-third of his ministry. of 1870, through failure of health, he 14. William LORD; who was born at became a Supernumerary. His affliction Bacup, in Rossendale, May 11th, 1791, was of a most painful character, often He was convinced of sin when a boy at causing severe suffering for hours to school, under the ministry of the Rev. gether ; but it was borne with unfailing William Edward Miller. Helped by the patience and cheerful resignation : "The counsels and prayers of his school-fellow joy of the Lord was his strength. His David Stoner, he found peace with God death came unexpectedly, but he was through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, found ready. While seated in his chair, and henceforth gave abiding evidence without a struggle or a sigh, he peace. that he had become a "new creature * fully fell asleep in Jesus, in the fifty- in Christ Jesus. He entered the minis: seventh year of his age, and the thirty. try in 1811, and was early distinguished second of his ministry.
by his sound judgment, aptness to teach, 13. Thomas Shaw; who was born at and administrative gifts. Entrusted by North in the year 1815. Religious his brethren with various duties involr. training, aided by a combination of ing great responsibility, he ably and favouring circumstances, led to bis faithfully fulfilled them. As Represenconversion to God when he was nine tative of the British Conference to the years of age. His good natural abilities Conference of the Methodist Episcopal having become greatly quickened by Church of the United States of America, his experience of the new birth, he cul- and as President of the Canadian Contivated an ardent thirst for knowledge, ference for two successive years, he and early began to exercise his gists rendered important service, and his and graces in such spheres of Christian "ministrations, counsels, prudence, and activity as were open to him. In his six. personal sacrifices " connected there with. teenth year his name was placed upon are still held in grateful remembrance. the local-preachers' plan; and it soon As Governor of Woodhouse-Grove School, was made evident to others as well as a post which he held fifteen years, he to himself, that he was called of God to took a fatherly interest in the sons of the work of the ministry. Conformably ministers committed to his care, and with this conviction he devoted his enjoyed the confidence of the parents
and the affection of the boys. By his charming companion, a patient sufferer, untiring energy, he was mainly instru- an exemplary Christian. As a divine, mental in the enlargement of the build he was sound; as a minister, faithful; ings, and in the general improvement as a pastor, indefatigable. He died of the premises. He was a man of at Abergavenny, on the 23rd of guileless spirit and blameless conversa- January, 1873, in the sixty-sixth year tion,-gentle, genial, and benevolent of his age, and the forty-second of his almost to excess. Throughout his minis. ministry. After the seizure which terial life he was never known to throw proved fatal, he was not able to speak, off the harness unless disabled by afflic- but his general religious experience, tion. On retiring from the full work as previously declared by himself, was of the ministry, he still preached Jesus expressed in the words, with upabated zeal, and was a diligent and welcome pastor of the flock. When
“Not a cloud doth arise To darken upwards of fourscore years of age, being
Or hide for one moment The Lord pressed to prolong a visit to a son, he
from mine eyes." replied, “I must get to my work.” His last affliction was brought on by exposure And with this, the testimony of those in visiting the sick. His sufferings who knew him best fully accords. were acute, but his patience was unfail. 16. WILLIAM SELLERS; who was born ing. In conversation he said, “No July 29th, 1831. From a child he had language can describe my sufferings ;” the fear of God before his eyes, and and, with unwonted emphasis, be added, was a subject of the Spirit's strivings. "I have peace, peace, peace, -glorious He was converted in early life, being peace; happiness, happiness!" His enabled to rely upon his Saviour, and strength suddenly failing, he fell into rejoice in the pardoning mercy of heavy slumber, and by gentle and ap. God, when present at a class-meeting parently unconscious steps, “walked as a means of grace. He had more through the valley of the shadow of than average mental ability, and was death,” to emerge into the brightness of studious habits; the results of and glory of his Saviour's presence. which were evident in efficient and He finished his course at Manningham, acceptable pulpit ministrations. In January 20th, 1873, in the eighty-second his last illness his sufferings were unyear of his age, and the sixty-second of usually severe, but were endured his ministry.
without a murmur; his patience bore 15. JESSE PILCHER; who was born testimony to the sustaining power of at Ashford, in Kent, and converted in Divine grace. He died at Wantage, early life. He entered the ministry in on the 31st of January, 1873, in the 1831, and after labouring a short time forty-second year of his age, and the at home, went to the West Indies, fifteenth of his ministry. where he remained thirteen years. In 17. SAMUEL Bowman; who was born addition to his ordinary work, he, in at White Abbey, near Carrickfergus, an emergency, rendered great service April 7th, 1815. His parents were in conducting the erection of numerous godly Methodists, who brought him up mission-premises. Somewhat enfeebled in the "nurture and admonition of by a tropical climate, he returned to the Lord." He feared the Lord from this country, where with delight he his youth, and in very early life again ministered the Word of Life. experienced the regenerating grace of He was subsequently Superintendent God. While pursuing his studies at of our Irish Missions and Schools, and the University of Glasgow he began General Superintendent of Missions to preach, and was called to the full in Natal. The remaining part of his work of the Christian ministry in 1837. time was spent in the home work. His first Circuit was Truro, where his For nearly five years he was laid aside labours were greatly blessed to the by affliction, and confined to his house ; conversion of sinners. He subsequently but he still endeavoured by his season. travelled in various parts of England able words to do good to all that visited and Scotland, and in every Circuit, it him. He was an intelligent man, a is believed, was instrumental in turn
ing men from darkness to light, and “It is enough ;” and continued to read, from the power of Satan unto God.” write, and meditate almost to the last He was a man of good natural ability, day of his life. His preaching was and of considerable attainments. As sound, instructive, and adapted to a preacher, he was clear and sound in general usefulness, though most disdoctrinal statements, fertile in illustra. tinguished by careful exposition. He tion, and practical in aim; as a friend did not affect rhetorical ornament, but and pastor, he was tender, considerate, his appeals to the conscience were sympathizing, and faithful. His con- direct and powerful, and bursts of pious stitution, never robust, was greatly emotion enlivened his discussions. He enfeebled by severe attacks of illness, had the pen of a ready writer, and for brought on by arduous toil and nearly sixty years it was kept in constant exposure in the earlier years of his exercise, his various productions being ministry. After thirty-five years of all devoted to the service of religion. faithful service, he became a Super. The exposition and vindication of numerary at the last Conference, and Methodist doctrine, experience, and disretired to Gainsborough, where, after & cipline were his favourite themes ; but few hours' illness, he exchanged his biographical and historical writings mortality for life, on Saturday, March have been highly and justly appreciated. 8th, 1873, in the fifty-eighth year of As a Tutor he was affectionate, painshis age, and the thirty-sixth of his taking, and perspicuous, comprehensive ministry.
and copious in the treatment of his 18. Tuomas Jackson; who was born topics, and unutterably anxious to at Sancton, in Yorkshire, December secure and perpetuate sound doctrine. 10th, 1783, and died near London, As Editor he rendered valuable service March 10th, 1873. This venerable by the labours bestowed not only to minister entered on his probation in sustain our periodical literature, but his twenty-first year, and died in his to provide accurate and complete ninetieth, having maintained an un- editions of our -standard authors. It sullied reputation during the whole is not surprising that his brethren period. or twenty years he red delighted to do him honour, or that in some of our most important Circuits; should have been twice elected Presithen for eighteen years as Editor of the dent of the Conference. On the first Connexional publications ; for the next of these occasions he was remarkably nineteen he was a Theological Tutor, sustained and blessed of God in guidand during the last twelve he was a ing and animating the celebration Supernumerary: His spotless cha- of the Centenary of Methodism. His racter and high moral worth were antiquarian researches contributed based upon a sound conversion, and much to the interest and success of a rich, uniform, and growing experience the movement, but bis devout temper of the love of God which is in Christ far more; making the several meetings Jesus our Lord. His ministerial course which he attended means of grace presents a striking example of the never to be forgotten by those who value and importance of steady and listened to him, and bringing back conscientious labour. Without brilliant those days of the Son of Man which parts, and without educational advan- he commemorated. On the second tages, he applied himself with all his occasion his passive graces were as heart to the improvement of such conspicuous. It was a time of severe talents and opportunities as trial, but while firm in upholding our granted to him, and with the Lord's discipline, he maintained a Christian pound he gained ten pounds. He gave temper towards opponents, sometimes “attendance to reading, to exhortation, under very trying circumstances. His to teaching :” he “meditated on these old
eminently beautiful, things, he was wholly in them,"guarding Always calm, cheerful, benign, often against all diversions from the great overflowing with kindness and love, work of his life ; and his profiting he carried a happy influence wherever appeared unto all. He acquired vast be went, and excited universal love stores of knowledge, but he never said and admiration, so that his hoary
head was indeed a crown of glory. convinced of sin under the ministry of Death bad no terrors for him. Being the late Rev. Francis Collier, at Sittingmercifully spared from heavy and long bourne. On a Sabbath morning, while continued suffering, he may be said to singing with the congregation the ninth have died of decay rather than disease; hymn in our Hymn-Book, he was enabled and, like Abraham, he went to his to trust in Jesus for salvation. The fathers in peace, and was buried in a following year he began to preach. In good old age.
1834 he was recommended froi the 19. HUMPHREY STEVENSON; who was Rochester Circuit as a candidate for our born at Bestwood-Park, Notts., October ministry, and accepted. During the 1st, 1787. Blessed with pious parents, next seventeen years, being favoured he was converted in his boyhood, and with uninterrupted health, he never appointed, while still a youth, leader of failed to fulfil a Sabbath appointment. the class in which his mother was a A genial Christian, he illustrated by member. Four years later he entered his example what Mr. Wesley terms the the Wesleyan ministry, and for thirty- “cheerfulness of faith.” He was a nine years laboured in it with fidelity diligent pastor, and a faithful and and success. He was a plain, sound, successful preacher. His discourses bard-working Methodist preacher. were characterized by originality and During twenty-seven years he was a persuasiveness. In 1869 he was comSupernumerary, but to the last it was pelled, through entire failure of health, his joy to work in the Lord's vineyard. to become a Supernumerary. This was He delighted to meet his class, to visit a source of great grief to him, for he the sick, and occasionally to preach. intensely loved his ministerial work. In advanced age he was characterized As long as his strength permitted, he by great good sense, and a certain preached occasionally, and found much quaint humour. His life was blameless, pleasure in conducting the weekly prayer. and he was strong in faith and charity; meeting at Hawkhurst, where he resided. if he could not speak well of any, he His severe afflictions were borne with refrained from speech. Full of peace patient submission to the Divine will. himself, he took a bright view of the The day before his death he exclaimed, state and prospects of the Church. He "I am happier than ever I was." This was no believer in the degeneracy of good minister of Jesus Christ entered modern Methodism. He held that the into rest on Sabbath evening, March preachers of the present day, on the 30th, 1873, in the sixty first year of his whole, were as able, and quite as age, and the thirty-ninth of his ministry. faithful and zealous, and the people 21. THOMAS BROTH WOOD; who was generally as consistent as when, seventy born in the neighbourhood of Welling. years ago, he began his work as a classe ton, Salop, in the year 1792. He was leader. During his last night on earth awakened to a sense of bis sin and he was almost constantly praising God danger in early life, and soon afterwards, and singing. About four o'clock in the by a faith" of the operation of God," was morning he wished the gas-light in his "justified freely by His grace through room to be put out, saying, “The day the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” had come; it was all light around him.” By the good providence of God he was Four hours later he passed into that removed to Dudley, where he was recog. city the inhabitants of which "need no nized by the venerable Joseph Sutcliffe, candle, neither light of the sun; for the as one possessed of graces and gifts suited Lord God giveth them light : and they to our ministry, and by him was recom. shall reign for ever and ever.” He died mended as a candidate at the Conference at South-Shields, March 22nd, 1873, in of 1825. For thirty-two years he laboured the eighty-sixth year of his age, and in the itinerant work. His preaching the sixty-sixth of his ministry.
was distinguished by plainness of 20. JAMES GODDEN; who was born at speech, sound doctrine, zeal, and Marden, Kent, in the year 1812. From fidelity; and the Lord 'crowned his very early life he was conscious of the labours with success. For nearly sixstrivings of the Holy Spirit, and when teen years he in the same spirit and about seventeen years of age, was deeply manner discharged, as a Supernumerary, the duties of preacher and pastor in the diligently used. He was first employed Madeley and other Circuits. He was in the service of the Church by the late remarkable for his sincerity and up- Dr. Dixon, towards whom he always rightness; and was ardent in his cherished a deep sense of obligation for attachments, affectionate in his dis- his counsel and aid, and by whom he position, and unwavering in his friend- was proposed as a candidate for the ships. His last affliction was short, but ministry. Accepted as a probationer at very severe.
He died in peace on Mon. the Conference of 1840, his great desire day morning, April 7th, 1873, in the thenceforth was to be a faithful and eighty-first year of his age, and the successful Methodist preacher. In the forty-eighth of his ministry.
various Circuits in which he laboured 22. THOMAS STOKES ; who was born his ministry was owned of God, and he at Compton-Dando, in the Midsomer- won the ardent affection of the people. Norton Circuit, on January 6th, 1846. As a preacher vigorous and thoughtful, His conversion to God, at the age of as a Superintendent faithful and wise, seventeen, was clear and well-defined, as a colleague and friend trustworthy and from that period until he yielded and kind, he was in high esteem with up his spirit into the hands of God, his all who were associated with him. He religious experience was deep, and his delighted in the acquisition of knowledge, character exemplary. During a resi- and a wide range of subjects occupied dence of three years at Didsbury, he was a his attention. To the study of astronomy diligent student, and the amiableness of he was especially devoted, and when his disposition caused him to be greatly resident in the Bristol North Circuit be loved. He was a man of sound judgment was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal and real worth, and was eminently mo- Astronomical Society. His last Circuit dest and self-distrustful. His sermons, was Exeter, on his appointment to which were chaste in composition, and which he became Chairman of the Exeter full of evangelical truth, were always di District, and in this capacity speedily rected to the highest ends. When return- gained the confidence and regard of all ing from an appointment in the Ludlow with whom he came into contact. His Circuit, in December, he caught a severe ministry here was most acceptable, and cold, which resulted in congestion of the the latest services which be conducted lungs. After four months of great suffer- were remarkable for the hallowed influing, endured with much patience and ence which attended them. His labours resignation, he died, in the full triumph of were brought most unexpectedly and faith, on the 18th of April, 1873, in painfully to a close. After an illness of the twenty-eighth year of bis age, and four or five days, during which no danthe second of his ministry.
ger was apprehended, he rapidly sank. 23. Jacob Morton; who was born at Such was the effect of the disease from Bradwell, Derbyshire, in August, 1818. which he suffered, that no testimony of His parents and grand-parents were his Christian hope could be given on Methodists, and his pious mother's influ- the last day of his life. Gently sad ence over him was most salutary and peacefully, however, he passed to the preabiding. When about fifteen years of senceoftbat Master whom he had served, age he was converted to God, in a revival and who had smiled on bis labour. He which took place at Sheffield in 1833-4. died on Sunday, April 20th, 1873, in His conversion was immediately followed the fifty-fifth year of his age, and the by determined efforts for mental culture, thirty-third of his ministry. and every opportunity for study was
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