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man under whose preaching he was enjoyed the services while I was able first impressed, and ultimately brought to go." to God.
On the 14th of May, Mr. Martin David Jackson had his trials. His conversed with David for the last excellent wife, with whom he lived time, when he remarked, “I don't happily for thirty-seven years, his son,
know what I want here now.” In who reached twenty-nine years of age, answer to the observation, “ You are and his other children, who died waiting the call of Jesus,” he said, young, all preceded him to the grave. “Yes, that is it. I have been a wonder. Nearly all his contemporaries passed ful knock-about man. I shall be in away before him.
David was not the kingdom soon: then I will shout without his peculiarities. There was above a bit.” about him a strongly-marked indi- On the evening of Sunday, May 22nd, viduality. Many of his sayings were it was evident that the closing scene very original and striking. These, in was drawing nigh. To friends who & large measure, pervaded his last visited him on that evening he said, conversations with reference to the “I am going home." The next mornfinal conflict, and his hopes concern- ing he repeated this expression to his ing the great future. To a friend attendant; and in a few minutes, whom he visited for the last time a without a sigh or a groan,
" the silver few weeks before he died, he said, on cord” was “loosed," and he was leaving, "Good-bye, and God bless you. gathered home to God. I shall soon see the King in His His remains were followed to their beauty, in His beauty, in His beauty.” last resting place not only by a large
The Rev. Richard Martin, who number of the members of the visited him several times during his Methodist Society, but by many last affliction, gives the following par- others by whom he had been beloved, ticulars of three very interesting con
and who wished
to pay this last versations with him. On the 20th of mark of respect to the memory of April, 1870, Mr. Jackson said to him, departed worth. At the funeral ser“ There is a glorious provision for my mon, which was preached in the salvation. I have no righteousness of Wesleyan-Methodist chapel, St. John my own, but I have a righteousness, Street, to a crowded congregation, by • The Lord our righteousness.'” He the writer of this sketch, members of then quoted Isaiah lxiii. 9.
different Churches were present. The On another occasion, he said, “I name of David Jackson is still fresh have been a Local-preacher since and fragrant in and around Chester. 1820. I have been a rough one; but I His “memory” is “ blessed.” have had some gracious times, and I
RECENT DEATHS. JANUARY 19th, 1875.-At Hawes, whose earthly life was at that time Mrs. Eliza Whaley. Her maiden trembling in the balance, that she gave nanie was Smith. She was born at herself fully to the Lord, and happily Middleham, in November, 1814. For realised a sense of the forgiveness of her religious impressions she was her sias. largely indebted to the counsels, in- After her marriage she resided structions, prayers, and example of her in Hawes, and for some thirty years pious mother : but it was not until the evinced earnest desire to do close of the year 1843, when watching good, -visiting the sick, assiduously by the bedside of her youngest sister, labouring in the Sabbath-school, and
working in various ways for the cause She was much attached to the means of God. She vied with her husband of grace. The class-meeting was not in showing hospitality to the servants to her an irksome and unwelcome of the Lord and ministering to their necessity of membership in Method. comfort ; and some of them, after the ism, but a channel of spiritual blesslapse of many years, gratefully recall ing. To the close of her life she the pleasant associations of that prized it most highly; and her greatest Christian home.
regret during her last illness was, that Her last illness was short, but it she was unable either to worship God found her prepared. Some of her last in the sanctuary or to bear testimony words were,“
Having a desire to for Him in her class. A few months depart, and to be with Christ; which is before she died, she went to reside in far, far better.” And, as she neared North Wales ; but her health was too the celestial shore, she exclaimed, much enfeebled to allow her to leave “Glory, honour, praise, and power,
her home while there. Be unto...."
She bore the long illness that pre
ceded her departure with exemplary The remainder of the sentence was
patience, bowing in Christian subnot uttered on earth. Her spirit mission to the will of her Lord ; and passed to join in the triumphant when, a few moments before she died, song of heaven, Worthy is
being unable to speak, she was asked the Lamb that was slain to receive by her husband to lift her hand if power, and riches, and wisdom, and
Jesus was still precious to her, she strength, and honour, and glory, and immediately gave the desired signal, blessing." She has left a precious and then passed away to be for ever legacy to her surviving friends in the
with the Lord.
G. bright example of a consistent Christian life. She “ being dead, yet
November 26th. At Driffield, John speaketh."
J. W. S.
Temple, in the eighty-eighth year of February 21st. At Pentrefelin, his age. He was born on the YorkLlangollen, North Wales, Mrs. Eliza- shire Wolds, and during his youth beth Scaddon, at the ripe age of eighty was truly converted to God. Soon years. When a child, she was sur- afterwards he was called to endure rounded by the genial influences of persecution “ for righteousness' sake," Cornish Methodism, and, while yet in being dismissed from his situation for her teens, she accepted Christ as her becoming a Methodist. But he mainSaviour, and became a member of the tained his steadfastness; and, going Wesleyan-Methodist Society in the into the north of Yorkshire, he obSt. Ives Circuit. The profession she tained a place in the service of the late then made of devotion to the Lord Francis Sowerby, Esq., with whom he Jesus was maintained consistently to removed,about the year1820, to Beelsby, the day of her death. Her piety shone in Lincolnshire. at home, and its effects are seen in the For many years he was usefully fact, that all the members of her family employed as a Local-preacher in the are united to that branch of the Church Grimsby Circuit, and, at a later period of God to which she was attached. of his life, in the Driffield Circuit. The last twenty-five years of her life He continued to preach as long as he were spent at Ramshaw, in the Shotley could be lifted into the pulpit. His Bridge Circuit ; and, during nearly the preaching was simple, loving, earnest ; whole of this time, her house was the and his life was a model of Christian home where the preachers of the Gos- excellence, and won many, even among pel found hearty welcome and loving those of a higher station than his own, hospitality
to Christ. As he lived, so he died. Like Simeon, he long waited for the small tribute to his faithful, godly Redeemer; and, when about to depart, example to say, that he lived to see all he exclaimed, “ Jesus does bless me, his six children walking with him in Jesus does bless me!" For more than “the way of righteousness." To him seventy years he was a member of the this was a source of rich and holy satisWesleyan-Methodist branch of the faction. He traced in it the aboundChurch of God, and for more than ing mercy of God in Christ; but we fifty a Local-preacher. T. D. may regard it also as an honour put
upon his Christian fidelity, bis attracJanuary 23rd, 1876.–At Welling- tive exhibition of the beauty of religion, ton, Somerset, Mr. James Davey. He and his earnest and unceasing efforts was born in the year 1813, near Ottery, to bring up his children in “the nur. in the county of Devon ; but when a ture and admonition of the Lord." young man he removed to Wellington, About six months before his death and established bimself in a business he obtained perfect victory over that which, for nearly forty years, he con- which had been his chief hindrance in ducted with unwearied industry and the spiritual life,—a hasty and impul. unwavering integrity. About 1842 he sive temper. He claimed in faith the was induced by a useful Local-preacher, fulfilment of the promise which Mr. John Thorne, to attend a Methodist assures to the believer the more chapel, and soon sought and found the abundant supply of the Spirit of favour of God in Christ. From the Jesus Christ; while he placed himself day of his conversion he became "& afresh, without reserve, on the altar good soldier of Jesus Christ,” boldly of self-dedication. And God honoured confessing Him as his Lord and his faith, and consecrated the Master, faithfully rebuking sin, lov- offering. From that time he was ingly entreating, persuading, and en- a mature Christian; his piety was couraging the feeble-minded ; and mellowed; his zeal for Christ intensishowing himself “zealously affected his anxiety for the salvation of in ” every “good thing." An evidence his friends and relatives became & of the thoroughness of the spiritual passion; he feasted on the “fat change which he experienced may be things ” of the house of God; and his found in the fact, that he was the first prayers in public were remarkably full in the town to set his face against of pathos, earnest pleading, and Divine Sunday baking, which he persistently power. In the deeper, richer peace did in spite of strenuous opposition, which he enjoyed, and the elevated and at the loss, for a time, of consider- tone of his piety, as well as in the able custom. His piety was demon- very radiancy of his countenance, the strated, for more than thirty years, abounding grace of God was maniby uprightness and the acknowledg. fested. ment of God in his business, by ardent Though his end came unexpectedly love for the means of grace, by tender to those who loved him, he was found concern for the salvation of others, by ready. With unruffled tranquillity, hearty co-operation in the work of God, and with the words, “ Dear Saviour !” by sincere regard for truth and con- on his lips, he “ceased at once to work sistency, by generous sympathy and and live." His memory will long be affection for Christians of all denomi- fragrant in the Church which he so nations, and by a silent, powerful much adorned by his humble piety, influence for good which marked his and the best interests of which he so whole converse and conduct. It is no faithfully sought to promote.
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