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FOR JANUARY, 1819.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE METHODIST MAGAZINE.
If you can find a place in your valuable Repository, for the following Memoir of one who deserves to be had in affectionate remembrance, its early insertion will oblige, your's respectfully, EDMUND GRINDROD.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oct. 16th, 1818.
MR. JOHN CROSBY was born at Whitby, in the year 1755. In childhood, and early youth, he was entirely dependant on his mother for his support; she was an industrious woman, but had not pecuniary means to furnish her son even with a common education. He soon, however, evinced an eager desire after learning; and before he was eight years of age, he could, almost self-taught, read the New Testament. His natural disposition was grave, and, whilst very young, he began to entertain solemn thoughts of the eternal state. So strong was his fear of future misery, that, when he was not more than five years old, he was one day in danger of doing himself a serious injury, by a childish experiment, by which he intended to impress himself with such an idea of the torments of the damned, as might cause him ever to dread, and shun the paths of sin.
In his ninth and tenth years he frequently heard the Methodists, at Whitby, and at Robinhood's Bay. At that time, various silly and wicked reports against them were extensively circulated, and generally credited. There, as in many other parts of the kingdom, they were branded as the false prophets, whom our Lord had foretold should come in his name, and deceive many; and it became almost proverbial amongst their ignorant persecutors at Robinhood's Bay, that "there never had been any good doings since Christmas was changed, and the Methodists came up." Mr. Crosby's untutored mind believed these idle tales, and thus prejudices were induced, which, he used to say, were the causes of delaying his conversion for several years.