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Circuit, where he afterwards resided
" The only star for twelve months. He returned to By which the bark of man could Croyland, after an absence of eight navigate years, recommenced his business, and The sea of life, and gain the coast of continued in it till about five years bliss since, when age and infirmities com- Securcly;" pelled him to retire. At the time of his death Mr. Rollerson had been a
and he made it his every-day book. member of the Methodist Society for The old copy which he used for many about sixty-eight years ; for more than years is quite a curiosity, being marked half a century a local preacher, and for and thumbed from beginning to end. many years a class-leader, in both of Next to the Bible he prized the poetry which offices he was acceptable to the of the Wesleys. He could repeat from people and blessed by the Head of the memory many of their hymns, and Church.
often did so with uncommon feeling He was punctual and faithful in the
and effect. Brother Rollerson gave him. discharge of official duty, never neglect- self to prayer, both in his family and ing an appointment when it was pos
in private,—was emphatically a man sible to keep it. On one occasion, bis of prayer. He lived in its spirit, and, wife being very ill, it was represented
as a result, his faith was strong and to him that he ought to stay with her, his Christian life vigorous. He was a instead of going to preach. His reply tender husband, a kind, though strict, was, “I am going to do the Lord's father, and an obliging neighbour. work, and He will take care of my
His last illness was somewhat short, wife.” When at home he was always but he had not to prepare for death present at the means of grace : at the
when laid aside from the active duties week-evening preaching, and at the
of life. At times his sufferings were prayer-meeting, his place was always intense; but he bore them with Chrisfilled, and his earnest and intelligent tian fortitude, and would repeatedly attention often cheered the preacher. request his daughter-in-law to leave In the estimation of some persons he
her work in order to read and pray occasionally overstepped the bounds of with him. Of such a man it is not the decorum appropriate to the house necessary to ask, How did he die ? of God, by giving utterance to the pent. His life testifies of his safety. He was up feelings of his overjoyed heart; but on the Rock; and just before his death, his sincere “ Amens" and loud “ Hal- in reply to a question, he said, “I lelujahs" did more to help than to have no condemnation.” On the 25th hinder true devotion.
of January, 1871, in the eighty-second As a private Christian he was devoted year of his age, he peacefully passed to the study of the Scriptures. The to the Home above. Bible he thoroughly believed to be,
JANUARY 16th, 1873. — At Etruria, her-course in peace. She was exemNewcastle-under-Lyme, Martha Cope- plary for her diligent attendance upon land, aged seventy-one. About fifty years her class-meeting, being never known ago she joined the Wesleyan-Methodist to be absent, except when from home, Society at Etruria, and remained a or laid aside through illness. For consistent member of it till she finished many years she was a teacher in the
Sabbath-school, and also a liberal sub- from which she was rarely absent. scriber to the Missionary Society.
Her piety was genuine and uniform. Both during the life-time of her hus
She was a good wife, and an affectionate band, who for a long time was one of mother, who trained her children for the main supports of the Society at God. Of late years she had much Etruria, and since his death, the bodily weakness and suffering to preachers of the Gospel have been endure; and, about two years ago, her heartily entertained in her home. health rapidly declined, so that she During her last illness, she gave many was unable to attend the house of pleasing proofs of the stability of her God. Her end drew nigh, and she Christian principles, and the maturity knew it; yet she was not alarmed at of her religious experience. Often she the approach of death, but spoke would break forth in a hymn of praise, familiarly upon the subject, and or quote some text of Scripture, ex
calmly gave instructions about what pressive of the state of her mind. At she wished to be done after her decease. one time, when her leader was repeat. She was a great lover of the Wesleyan ing the lines,
Hymn-Book; and in statements re" The world recodes; it disappears ! specting her religious experience at Heaven opens on my eyes ! my ears
class, and at other times, largely With sounds seraphic ring,”- quoted from it. A few hours before
her death, she assured those around she raised herself in bed, and with
her that Jesus was “precious,” and almost supernatural vehemence exelaimed, while her countenance beamed repeated the whole of the hymn com.
mencing, with joy : " Lend, lend your wings ! I mount !
" Jesu, Lover of my soul." I fly!
Some of her last words were,O grave! where is thy victory ?
'Tis Jesus, the First and the Last, O death! where is thy sting?
Whose Spirit shall guide me safe By an active and devoted Christian home.” life, she adorned the doctrine of God Shortly after quoting these lines, she her Saviour, and her end was like the departed in great peace. W. P. setting of the summer's sun in a cloudless sky.
G. A. P. February 23rd.--At Yaxley, in the
Peterborough Circuit, Mr. Edward January 30th.–At Mumby, in the Cowell, in his seventy-fourth year. He Alford Circuit, aged seventy-seven, was converted to God in early life, and Mrs. Ann Simpson, who was privileged soon began to ach. For a time he in early life with the prayers, counsels, contemplated entering the ministry, and example of pious parents of the but was dissuaded from this step by Baptist persuasion. Her mind was friends in the Circuit in which he then religiously impressed from childhood, resided. This was probably a mistake, and her general deportment was as he possessed qualifications which amiable. It was not, however, until would have fitted him for a wider she had entered a Wesleyan family, sphere of usefulness than that which that she earnestly sought salvation, he subsequently filled. As a local and, through believing in Jesus, found preacher, he took a high position, his it. This was about the year 1811, and services being much sought for ; while from that time until her death, she the general estimation in which he was remained in steadfast and consistent held was evidenced by his appointment, fellowship with the people of God. during the Centenary movement, to She loved the means of grace, and visit a neighbouring Circuit, for the especially prized the class-meeting, promotion of Connexional interests.
On his removal to the Peterborough is obvious from his diary that on these Circuit, he continued faithfully to solemn occasions, he truly and sin. serve Methodism, and, by his intelli- cerely sat in judgment upon himself; gent attachment to its constitution bringing the entire inward and outand discipline, contributed greatly to ward life to that Divine light which promote peace in times of agitation makes all spiritual things manifest. and discord. He was possessed of It might be thought by some that, for keen insight and sound judgment, and a young man, his standard of piety was a man of considerable reading and was somewhat severe and exacting. of independent thought. As he com- Religion with him was not simply a bined with these characteristics an source of agreeable impulses, but a accurate knowledge of Wesleyan theo- sacred principle from which his chalogy, deep experimental acquaintance racter derived its peculiar energy, a with the truth, and aptuess to teach, Divine power by which he was directed he never failed to instruct and edify and governed day by day. He was his congregations; and, though he “ not conformed to this world; but lived to celebrate his jubilee as a local transformed by the renewing of his preacher, his preaching retained its mind;" and his devout, conscientious, freshness and power to the last. He earnest, and thoronghly practical was not laid aside from active service spirit was evidence to all that he had more than a few weeks; and in his " been with Jesus." For seven years last illness the ripeness of his Chris- he was the leader of a class at Milton tian character was very pleasingly Green, where also he acted as chapel manifest. He was not able to con. and Society-steward ; and in all these verse much, but his statements were offices he rendered valuable and most expressive of trust in God, efficient service to the cause of God. and repose on the Atonement. “My In the spring of last year, he left his times are in His hand," he remarked : native village, and came to farm “I am loo
to the Cross." He was near Chester. There was everything, followed to the grave by a number of humanly speaking, to make life desirCircuit officers and local preachers, able ; but just as his prospects, as it who thus testified their deep respect regards temporal things, were opening for him.
A. H. M. out before him, the Master came and
called for him. Five weeks before March 1st.-At Blacon Hall Farm, his own death he attended the funeral Manchester, Thomas L. Cooke, aged of his eldest sister ; whed, owing to thirty-one years. He was naturally of previous indisposition, he took a severe a serious turn of mind, and was early cold, from the effects of which he imbued with the fear of God. He never recovered. His last illness was became a member of the Wesleyan. short, and in some aspects very pain. Methodist Society when about seven- ful; and no wonder that under such teen years of age.
In the class. circumstances there should be for a meeting he was instructed in " the time a clinging to life. He was not, way of God more perfectly," and even. however, put to confusion by the cutting tually realized a direct and joyous short of his days; but was, by the sense of his adoption into the family grace of God, found ready for the great of God. It was his custom, after and glorious future. Some of his last attaining his majority, to review his words were, “I am trying to trust in religious experience and general Chris. Jesus.”
T. K. tian conduct every birth-day: and it
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