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Sunday, June 4, 1837 : First Sabbath in my new circuit, Derby ; preached three times to the same people, baptized a child, and administered the Sacrament. Monday: Preached again at Derby. Tuesday: Preached at Stanton Wednesday: Visited all the members, conversed with all who were at home, prevailed upon a man who had neglected his class for six months to go again ; in the evening came to Sawley, preached and held a prayer.meeting; the Lord was with us, and His power was felt in the hearts of the people. Thursday: Attended a cottage prayer-meeting, and had a refreshing season. Friday: Conducted the fellowship meeting in the vestry of Derby Chapel.
Sunday, Feb. 18, 1838: Preached at Derby this morning; walked to Hemington and preached a funeral sermon, the chapel was crowded, and a number who could not get in stood around the door; returned home after the service, a journey of more than eighteen miles.
Sunday, March 11 : Led the first love-feast in our new chapel at Belper ; the chapel was full. Preached at night to a large and attentive congregation, baptized two children, held a prayer-meeting, and went home somewhat cast down because I had seen no conversions. On the Monday night found that seventeen persons (all of them out of the world) came to class and gave in their names as members on trial; this is the fruit of yesterday's labours, and of the prayers of the people for about a fortnight. Tuesday: Preached at Belper, met two classes after the service for tickets, but had to turn it into a prayer-meeting, continued until after eleven o'clock, and four or five persons found peace with God. Wednesday: Preached at Horsley, a new opening. After service called a class-meeting to see how many could come forward and join us, when fifteen put down their names; is not this the work of God? Yea, and He shall have the praise. I came home rejoicing in God my Saviour, and felt much humbled when I thought of the goodness of the Lord. Praise the Lord. Amen and amen.
Tuesday, the 20th: Fifty-five have joined us since Sunday week, thirty-eight at Belper, two at Hartsbray, fifteen at Horsley. The Lord shall have all the praise. I feel happy in the service of God and thankful because I am employed in such a work. The Lord make me more useful. This year have travelled about 1,646 miles.
Aug. 12, 1838 : Held a camp meeting at Shelley, 800 to 1,000 people present. The first camp meeting known amongst our people at this place.
1843.—This being Christmas Day attended a prayer-meeting at seven o'clock, preached at half-past ten at Low Swithin ; walked to Barnsley, five and a half miles, preached in the chapel at night, and administered the Sacrament. In all the services I found it good to wait upon the Lord.
The above extracts constitute a sample only of thirty-two years' labours. Truly he was in labours most abundant. Even his holiday-week was almost always fully occupied, as such entries as the following testify :
| 1838.–Sunday: Preached twice at Aldford. At night three souls were in distress on account of sin, one of whom obtained the liberty of the sons of God. Tuesday: Preached again at Aldford, when a fourth person manifested concern for her soul. Wednesday: Preached at Tarvin. Thursday: Preached at Oscroft. Friday: Left for Huddersfield (his new Circuit).
These extracts show our brother's devotion to his work as a preacher of the Gospel and a conductor of the means of grace. His pulpit work, though not brilliant, was solid, substantial, vigorous, earnest. In his sermons he gave sound and forcible expositions of the truth; but he excelled in the enforcement of the truth upon the conscience. He was an emotional preacher. His lips trembled, his eye fired, his voice rang out in clearer and more pathetic tones as he gave himself up to the enthusiasm of his work, and a divine unction accompanied his utterances. You might not sit and admire the wonderful play of thought and beauty of language, but you could not help feeling the force of truth as he reasoned of righteousness, or of sin, or of judgment.
He was also exceedingly diligent as a pastor. That he delighted to know his flock in their homes, especially delighting to visit the sick, the following brief extracts from his diary will show :
Monday, July 2, 1833.-Visited to-day about forty families; preached at Shepley at night, and afterwards met the society for the renewal of tickets.
Wednesday, July 10, 1839.— Preached at Roydsbell, and gave tickets; on the way called to see three invalids, and prayed with them all. Found it good to be thus employed. In this work my heart gets broken down, and learns lessons of humility.
He yearned throughout his ministry for souls, and God gave him his desire. He writes: “I now feel my mind to be at peace with the Lord, and enjoy His presence. Praise the Lord for letting me know He makes me useful in His vineyard." • The Lord more especially made Himself known in our midst. His presence was so felt that my mind was much raised with the tears, sobbing, and shouts of the people."
He was a deeply pious man. His earnest breathings after holi. ness, and his earnest prayers for success as a minister in winning souls, appear from such sentences as this, scattered thickly through his diary:
" How I should like to be made more useful! May the Lord bless me with an increase of piety—with personal religion and ability to preach His Word.” “I want more of the mind of Christ." "I want to give myself more fully unto the Lord.” “I feel that I want more religion in my soul, that I may serve God better.” “I feel the necessity of striving to become more holy and pure within.” “Oh, that we may prosper! Oh,
that much good may be done !” “May the Lord prosper His work.” “I find it well to be employed for Christ.” “How sweet to my soul are the services of the sanctuary.” “This has been a good day to my soul. Oh, how pleasant it is to realise the presence of Christ, and how excellent to feel the Lord to be our portion! I praise Him, because He has become my salvation, and I hope to serve Him while I live."
It is worthy of note that in a time when teetotalism was unpopular, and had a fierce uphill battle to wage, Mr. Wynne practised teetotalism himself for the period of forty-six years, and availed himself of every opportunity of advocating its principles.
Such was the man, and such his work. His was at once the conscientious discharge of duty and the service prompted by love. His sense of strictest honesty and integrity was specially marked. His motto might well have been—" Whether winning, whether losing, trust in God, and do the right.” He abhorred the least appearance of cunning or duplicity. As a husband and father he set an example worthy of imitation. He ruled his own household wisely and well, and trained his children for the skies. He was well received in all the Circuits in which he laboured, and was generally loved by the people. Many were the testimonies he received from those who had benefited by his ministry. He was a man, indeed, whom to know was to love and admire.
Such a character was not produced without suffering. He was sometimes called upon to pass through deep waters of affliction and bereavement. In the year 1855, when labouring in the Wolverhampton Circuit, he lost his elder daughter, Frances, by death. This was felt to be a most painful bereavement. Seven years later, in the year 1862, when stationed in the Mossley Circuit, his younger and only daughter, Eliza, was called away to the better land. These bereavements, along with other causes, so affected his health as to justify him in seeking the position of a supernumerary minister—a position granted to him at the Conference of 1865. Only twelve months afterwards his wife also was taken from him by the same sad uninvited visitor-death. These successive bereavements considerably affected his health, as well as tried his Christian faith and patience, and they cast a shadow of resigned sadness over his remaining years.
During the years of his supernumerary life he regularly attended and heartily enjoyed the services of God's house, and also laboured in preaching the Gospel as his strength would permit. The latter years of his life were spent at Tarvin, near Chester, in a neigbourhood well known to him, and rich in quiet beauty. Here, in calm contemplation of the beauties of the changing seasons, and in the doing of such work as he was capable of, he awaited his end with a quiet faith and assured hope. Goldsmith's words, perhaps, best describe his situation :
“But on he moves to meet his latter end,
Angels around befriending virtue's friend;
His heaven commences ere the world be past." The closing scene is soon told. In the year 1873 he was seized with an attack of bronchitis, which brought him near to the gates of death. Though he recovered to a great extent from this severe attack, he was in subsequent years a continual sufferer from this complaint. During the winter months he was obliged to keep the house. With the exception of feeling somewhat unwell, he was in his usual state of health up to four days previous to his death. On one of these last three or four days he caught a cold, which was followed by considerable prostration; nevertheless, he continued at times to go about the house and garden, and no one anticipated the sudden close which unhappily proved to be so near. Saturday night he retired to rest as usual, and on the Sunday morning following, April 30, 1882, at about eight o'clock, and while in the act of dressing, he was suddenly seized and almost immediately he passed away. Apparently asleep, and without a sigh, he glided from this life into the life eternal, in the 77th year of his age, and the forty-ninth of his ministry. There was no time, no opportunity for last words ; but he was ready. He had fought the good fight, had kept the faith. He had no preparations to make when the Master called, no work to finish when the summons came. His loins were girt, his lamp was burning, his eye fixed on the distant horizon, waiting for the Bridegroom's coming, and now he has entered into the marriage joy of his Lord. He was buried beside his wife in the parish churchyard, Tarvin. Armley, Leeds.
Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction.
USEFULNESS OF A SABBATH-SCHOOL TEACHER.—There is in Troy, New York, a teacher who has instructed a Bible-class for twenty-two years. The original class numbered sixteen. The sum of all the scholars is five hundred. Of these, three hundred became members in the Church. They are mostly poor, yet the class supports a native missionary in Burmah, a theological student in the South, and aids a poor church in Iowa. The secret of this success is, first, piety; second, personal devotion to the scholars; third, social influence. Her scholars are her friends and associates, and she is their spiritual guide.
THE CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY SCRIPTURE
CONFIRMED BY ASTRONOMY.
By SENEX. WITHIN the last fifty years several specious theories have been proclaimed on the platform and by the Press, contradicting the chronology of Holy Scripture, and asserting the origin of man to have been hundreds of thousands of years ago. In fact, on this subject, and on many others, there was a direct antagonism between the dogmas of many men who claimed to be authorities in science, and the plainest declarations of God's Word; and, as a natural consequence, many sincere Christians were perplexed, and some weak minds were turned aside from the truth. The author of this article, a number of years ago, when addressing Christians on this subject, felt it a duty to offer the following words of counsel :
“Be not afraid when the supposed facts of science, of history, or chronology are alleged against the testimony of the Divine Word. That Word is true, notwithstanding. Either the alleged facts of science are fictions, or the inferences drawn from them are erro. neous, or the Word itself is misunderstood. Rest assured that time, and further investigation in both science and Holy Scripture, will ultimately make all right. God Himself has yet much to say on these subjects by His Providence. But He will say it in His own time, and in His own way. He is never in laste. He will never undignify Himself by coming forth at the call of impatience, or the bidding of unbelief, or the challenge of the bold blasphemer. He will allow time for the ripening of His purposes, and the development of His plans. He will allow time for the infidel to have his say, and the scoffing fool to deny both His being and His Word. He will wait that it may also be seen how His own people will demean themselves in the day of trial and rebuke, and obscurity and blasphemy. He will leave it to be seen whether they will hearken to the noisy demagogues of error and infidelity in the day when faith is taxed with the objections and improbabilities of natural science; or whether, rising above the doubts and clouds of the Rationalist, they will cling to His faithful word, and reverently confide in the veracity of His eternal covenant. And then, when the vapid boastings of the sceptic are exhausted, He will come forth, as He hath ever done in ages past, and vindicate His own Word and confound all its adversaries, by some unexpected facts or startling discoveries, or special interpositions; and He will thus scatter the pretended demonstrations of unbelievers,