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and obtained mercy through faith in Christ, and joined himself to the Methodist Society. In the year 1824 he was appointed to Kingstown, in the St. Vincent's District. After labouring in the West Indies, with great acceptance and usefulness, for ten years, he returned to England in a state of impaired health. As a Minister of Christ, he was a workman that needed not to be ashamed;" and was much respected both as a Christian and a Minister. When near his end, he said, “Welcome, death!
! Come, Lord Jesus.” He died January 20th, 1836, in the thirtyfifth year of his age.
(6.) JOSEPH HOLLINGWORTH; who was brought to a saving knowledge of God in the twenty-fourth year of his age. His religious character became strongly marked; his experience was rich and clear; and his path was that of the just, shining more and more to the perfect day. After labouring about nine months as a Local Preacher, he entered upon the itinerant work, and was afterwards stationed in some of the most important Circuits in our Connexion. It pleased the Lord to favour him with much fruit ; and many were the souls brought to God by his ministry. His ministerial character was highly respectable.' His views of divine truth were clear and comprehensive; his language was perspicuous, copious, and frequently eloquent; his manner was natural, solemn, and earnest; and his mind and heart were fully engaged in bringing sinners to God. During his affliction he enjoyed great peace, and unshaken confidence in his Saviour. He fell asleep in Jesus, on Monday, January 25th, 1836.
(7.) JOSEPH BROUGHAM; who was converted to God in early life, and entered upon the work of the ministry as a Travelling Preacher in the year 1811. He laboured with acceptance for some years ; but, his constitution having been injured by sleeping in a damp bed, he became unequal to the regular service of a Circuit, and retired to Burslem, his native town, where he preached occasionally, as his health would permit. He was a man of sincere piety and strict integrity, but naturally reserved and retiring. The Gospel which he had preached to others afforded him strong consolation during a protracted course of affliction and debility; and having served his generation according to the will of God, he died in peace, March 24th, 1836, in the forty-eighth year of his age.
(8.) RICHARD GOWER. He enjoyed the advantages of pious parental instruction, and was brought in early life under the influence of religion, while attending the services of the established Church. Hearing the Rev. John Wesley preach, he united himself to the Methodist society, gave satisfactory evidence of a scriptural conversion, and in the offices of Class-Leader and Local Preacher discovered ability for more extensive service in the cause
of Christ. He was introduced into our itinerant work in the year
. 1792 ; and during the remainder of his life faithfully and successfully laboured to make full proof of his ministry. By diligent study and prayer, he acquired an accurate knowledge of evangelical truth; and his sermons were remarkable for variety of matter. He was a judicious and faithful friend, and exemplary in all the relations of domestic life. He mildly and firmly maintained our doctrines and discipline ; was punctual in observing his engagements; constantly abstained from evil speaking, and discouraged it in others; and uniformly endeavoured to keep a conscience void of offence towards God and towards man.” He was suddenly called away by a spasmodic affection of the heart. During his illness he gave satisfactory testimony of a due preparation for his approaching change. He said, with deep feeling, “ I fear that I shall not be able to glorify God in my death;” but immediately added, with affecting emphasis, and many tears, " My God, my Saviour, my Intercessor, my Redeemer, has washed me from my sins in his own blood !” He died April 22d, 1836, aged seventy
(9.) John Willson Pipe, in the thirty-eighth year of his age, and the eighteenth of his itinerancy. He was converted to God when a scholar at Kingswood School, and subsequently.established in his religious experience and character under the ministry of the Rev. William E. Miller. His literary attainments were considerable, and his mind was richly stored with general and theological knowledge. In the different Circuits where he travelled, he was highly acceptable; and his faithful and zealous ministry was successful in the conversion of sinners and the edification of believers. He closed his days with an unblemished reputation, and his end was peace.
His last words were, “ I feel very sensibly that I am upon the Rock. Christ, only Christ!” He died April 29th, 1836.
(10.) THOMAS Rogerson, SEN. When he was nineteen years of
age he was convinced of sin, and by faith in Christ obtained a sense of the pardoning love of God; the Spirit witnessing with his spirit his adoption into the heavenly family. He entered upon our itinerant ministry in the year 1788; and during a period of thirty-five years discharged its duties with considerable zeal and
In the year 1824 he completely lost his hearing; and, feeling other infirmities press upon him, he consented to become a Supernumerary. He never recovered his hearing; yet he exerted himself, both in public and private, to promote that cause to which he had devoted his best days. Towards the close of life his sufferings were great; but the Lord whom he had long loved and served was with him in his final hour. “ I feel,” he said, “a good hope of enjoying a heavenly inheritance when my heart and my
of his age.
flesh fail; and am waiting with patience until my change come. All is right; all is well.” He died May 7th, 1836, in the seventysecond
year (11.) BENJAMIN Millman; who was converted to God in his youth, and entered upon the work of the ministry, as a Travelling Preacher, in 1803. He laboured in the vineyard of the Lord with general acceptance and usefulness, until he became a Supernumerary
in 1830. When health permitted, he was always ready to preach the Gospel, and otherwise promote the interests of true religion. The affliction which ended his life was protracted, and frequently severe, especially about two months before his death. He endured his sufferings with patience, and resignation to the will of God; was favoured with divine consolations; and died in peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, May 11th, 1836.
(12.) Aaron Floyd; who was born about the year 1786, and appears to have been truly converted to God in early life. He entered upon the work of our itinerant ministry in the twentieth year of his age, and laboured upwards of thirty years as an approved servant of Jesus Christ, esteemed by his brethren, and justly respected in the various Circuits to which he was successively appointed. For some time past his health had visibly declined ; and although he continued to perform his regular duties, it was evident that disease was gradually wasting his strength. His appointment by the late Conference to the Superintendency of the Bradford East Circuit, found him in this state of growing weakness; yet he entered upon his labours with cheerful promptitude, and continued with great firmness until the ensuing April, 1836. From this time his health still more rapidly declined; but no immediate danger was apprehended until the day before his decease. It was pleasing to observe, that, while unconscious that his departure was so near at hand, his mind was “stayed upon his God," and consequently “kept in perfect peace.” To a brother
a in the ministry, who called upon him on a morning which had been preceded by a restless and painful night, he remarked that sleep indeed had been denied, “yet this," said he,--pointing to a psalm in the Bible, which lay open on the table before him, -" has been my support and comfort through the otherwise tedious hours.” When apprized by his medical attendant of his imminent danger, he received the tidings without fear or dismay; and saying, “ All is well," he calmly resigned his spirit, through Jesus our Mediator, to God who gave it. He died at Bradford, in the fiftieth year of his age, and the thirty-second of his ministry, on the 12th of May, 1836.
(13.) THOMAS GEE. He was born at Hollins, near Mellor, Cheshire, in 1771. In early life he was deprived of his parents ; but, enjoying the pastoral attention and catechetical instructions of his age.
of the Rev. Mr. Olerenshaw, a pious and indefatigable Clergyman of the Church of England, he was brought to a saving acquaintance with the truth as it is in Jesus. By perusing the writings of the Rev. Messrs. Wesley and Fletcher, he was led to acquiesce in those doctrines, and seek after the possession of that experimental religion, which are there elucidated and enforced. He shortly joined the Methodist Society, and was subsequently appointed to the offices of Class-Leader and Local Preacher. Being persuaded of his call to the Christian ministry, he commenced his itinerant course at the Conference of 1798; and with much simplicity, and considerable success, preached those truths of the Gospel, through which his own heart had been influenced and renewed. He adorned the doctrines which he preached by a blameless life ; his judgment was sound, and his integrity firm. After labouring in the
Lord's vineyard for thirty-one years, he was seized with paralysis, and compelled to desist from the service in which he so much delighted. He retired to Chester, where, by his amiable disposition, and truly Christian deportment, he much endeared himself to the Society. From repeated attacks of the malady, he was reduced to a state of great bodily infirmity, yet took a lively pleasure in conversing on things pertaining to his eternal interests. He died in great peace, May 24th, 1836, in the sixty-fourth year (14.) ALFRED Bourne. This excellent man commenced his
) BOURNE course as a Christian Minister in our Connexion in the year 1823; and in 1826, under the constraining influence of the love of Christ, and of a strong sense of duty to the perishing Heathen, he embarked as a Missionary for Continental India. In the Madras and Negapatam Circuits he spent about eight years, distinguished by diligent and successful application to the acquirement of the language of the country, by uniform and exemplary piety, by an earnest devotedness to evangelical and pastoral labours, and by great usefulness. Under the pressure of his exhausting labours his health received a permanent injury; yet for more than three years he continued to prosecute his Missionary toils,- often under severe pain and suffering. To him the interests of our Indian Mission appeared to require (on account of the paucity of labourers, as compared with the necessities of the people) that he should not count even his life dear to himself; and he persevered in his work, till the repose, to which he at last submitted, came too late. He returned to England in June, 1835. For a while the hope of
а recovery was cherished by his friends ; but at length the malady assumed a more alarming form, and on the 27th of May, 1836, he resigned his spirit to God, in full dependence on the sacrifice of Christ, and in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life. He was a man of God, and a valuable Missionary. He died in the thirty-seventh year of his age.
(15.) John GICK ; who was a native of the Isle of Man, and was born in 1795. He was converted to God, and joined the Methodist Society, in 1812, and entered upon the itinerant work in 1821. He laboured for several years as a Missionary in the West Indies, where he suffered much from personal and family affliction, in consequence of which it was found necessary for him to return to his native land. His piety was sound, and characterized by great simplicity and affection. His talents as a Preacher were acceptable and useful; and he was faithful and diligent. In his last affliction, he enjoyed great and uninterrupted peace with God through Christ; and exchanged mortality for eternal life, May 28th, 1836.
(16.) David M.NICOLL. When a child he was brought to the enjoyment of the grace of God in truth, chiefly through the prayers
and exhortations of his mother. His conversion was not marked by any extraordinary terror; but in humble faith he was led to confide in the atonement of Christ, and thus obtained the full and clear testimony of the Holy Spirit to the fact of his adoption. When he was about twenty years of age, he received a
divine call to the Christian ministry. He began to preach in his · native town of Dundee with great acceptance, and gave indications
of that future eminence which marked his subsequent course. Being called to Leeds for the purpose of admission into full connexion, Dr. Adam Clarke heard him preach at one of the morning services, and was so impressed with his piety and talent that he requested his appointment with himself for London. This event led to an affectionate attachment; and, no doubt, to Mr. M‘Nicoll became highly beneficial, in the guidance of his studies, the en
largement of his views, and the establishment of his reputation w and usefulness as a Minister of Christ. This eminent man pos
sessed a mind of varied ability and extraordinary capacity, Reason, strength, acuteness, taste, and imagination, were signally united in his mental constitution. His attainments were in harmony with his powers ; and it is believed that few men in the Connexion were more entirely devoted to the acquisition of different branches of knowledge, His reading was immense; and the stores of his mind, the vigour of his intellect, and the copiousness of his discourses, corresponded to the ardour and constancy of his industry. But though he allowed himself, occasionally, to range in the fields of general literature and science, his strength was devoted to the attainment of theological knowledge. In this department his scheme of study embraced the whole range of revealed truth. He could not content himself with a scanty and common-place view of divinity, but endeavbured to follow out the great doctrines of religion in their several bearings, evidences, and results. To this end the course of his reading was sedulously