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le DEAR FRIEND,

is THE CONNEXION, of which you are a member, publishes

er two magazines-one called “THE JUVENILE INSTRUCTOR,“ intended

5s chiefly for your children, and our Sunday scholars; the other is a larger

u periodical, and is intended for our members and friends. "The LARGE

d MAGAZINE” comprises fifty-six pages of letterpress, and contains a great amount of important, interesting, and profitable matter. Here are essays on theological, experimental, and practical subjects; here the operations of our beloved Connexion are recorded ; and here the holy lives and happy deaths of our members find a permanent memorial. The design and tendency of the whole is to diffuse religious knowledge among our members, promote their personal piety and usefulness, and advance the general interests of the Connexion. The Magazine is issued monthly, price sixpence each number, making each year a handsome volume of 672 pages, besides four portraits of our Ministers and distinguished Laymen. We have now more than twenty thousand members in our body, but the number of magazines in circulation is not more than about 3,200 monthly. It is true that in many cases there are two or more members living in one house, where one copy may serve for all; but still we are assured many of our families are not yet supplied with a copy. Now, it is extremely desirable that every member who really can afford it should be a subscriber to the magazine which represents his own church. We state these facts, dear friend, with a view to induce you to become a subscriber; and, in urging this request, we are seeking your good as well as the good of the Christian Church to which you are united. We think that if a united effort were put forth in all our classes, the circulation might be raised to 5,000 copies monthly.

Will you have the kindness, dear friend, to give your name to your Class Leader, and lie will kindly hand the same to your Minister, who will feel pleasure in seeing that you are supplied at the beginning of each month with a copy of the “MAGAZINE,” and with “THE JUVENILE INSTRUCTOR” also, if you desire to take it in for yourself or your children ?

I am, yours affectionately,

WILLIAM COOKE, EDITOR.

Please furnish me with a copy of “THE LARGE
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Numerous testimonials, both vocal and written, have reached us from those who have long known him, and are therefore best qualified to attest his Christian character. James Dean, Esq., J.P., speaks of him as a true, tried, and faithful member of the Church. Mr. John Sandiford, one of the oldest members, and a local preacher of long standing in the Ashton circuit, also bears a similar testimony Thomas Tyas, Esq., with whom, as already noticed, he resided for some time previous to his decease, gives the following account of his last moments : -"As my uncle approached his end, his confidence in the Atonement was unshaken. On the Thursday before his death, he remarked to those present—'I am going to leave you, but I am going to heaven;' and shortly after he was heard to repeat that beautiful stanza :

• Hide me, oh, my Saviour, hide,

Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;

Oh, receive my soul at last.' On the Saturday morning following, when he was unable to articulate, his niece repeated that verse

• When my sorrows most increase,

Let thy strongest joys be given;
Jesus, come with my distress,

And agony is heaven,' he clasped his hands, and his face became radiant with joy. In the afternoon of the same day he gently fell asleep in Jesus.” In evidence of the high estimate formed of his Christian life, a large body of ministers and gentlemen, beside his own family, accompanied

his remains to Stockport cemetery, where the Rev. C. J. Donald and the Rev. William Baggaly addressed the mourners and officiated at the interment. While, on that day, every countenance bore an expression of sadness, sentiments of affection and respect were accorded by both old and young. The grand secret of all the confidence and esteem to which he was entitled, and which he never failed to receive, is to be found in his heart, enlarged and filled with hallowed and joyous feeling. Every one, with any sentiment of charity, could not fail to love him, for it was his study to be happy himself and to make all happy around him. He could adapt himself to the instruction and amusement of a child without offending the becoming gravity of old age.

The study of sacred Scripture was with him a delightful and constant practice. His Bible, which is treasured as an heirloom in his family, gives evidence of having been carefully and frequently read; a large number of passages are marked either as texts expounded from the pulpit, or subjects of personal meditation. When conversing on spiritual things, it was both edifying and surprising to hear his apt and accurate quotations from the Word of God, which made him known as a skilful scribe instructed unto the kingdom, and thus, like a man that is a householder, bringing forth out of his treasury things new and old. He was faithful in the enforcement of all its claims, rigid in the observance of its numerous duties, prudent in the arrangements of its various parts, and courageous in showing no quarter to error and vice. He had no sympathy with the practice of abusing the language of Scripture for the miserable purpose of pointing a criticism or playing a

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parody, and considered the laugh too dearly bought that caused such great profanity. With the oracles of God before him, he generally spent a few moments in prayer, and in faith and humility he

gave heed to the voice of God. His familiarity with the living Word was an effective means in his sanctification, his growth in grace, and in knowledge ; it richly imbued his spirit and disposition, regulated his life and conduct, relieved him under the pressure of trial, fortified him against the assaults of Satan, and it dropped from his lips in strains of wisdom. Much of this love for the Word of the Lord is attributable to his early religious training and the pious parentage with which his youth was blessed, so that, with Timothy, he was mindful in after years of the inspired admonition, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast heard and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.". Never shall we forget, when in advanced age and extreme feebleness, the joy with which he hearkened to words now increasingly precious; for you might read in his face the language of his heart--"More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned, and in keeping of them there is great reward."

He was a firm believer in special answers to prayer, and the extension of God's work by means of revival services, though the result of such efforts, he frankly acceded, were not in all cases equally desirable and permanent, and might, in truth, be assigned to the indifference and apathy of the Church in her treatment of those but newly committed to her care. Why does a mother manifest extra anxiety and care for the nurture, protection, and safety of a new-born infant-far more for such than a child advanced in years and taught in knowledge ? Is it not the dictate and impulse of her natural instinct to most effectually guard the weak, feeble, and helpless ? What, then, shall we say of that Church which evinces no more concern for those who are but babes in Christ, than such as are young men and fathers ? The Church of Christ was ever regarded by our departed brother as the garden of the Lord and the nursery for souls, where those brought to God are to be watched over, counselled, and advised, with all the vigilance of a parent's love.

When he was the principal of an extensive drapery establishment, he regarded it as a solemn duty to look after the spiritual welfare of all engaged in his employ; hence he enlisted all his apprentices in the Sabbath school, and made this an express condition before they were received under his roof. While he was mindful not to exert his authority unduly, he never would allow any member of his household to neglect the sanctuary, violate the Sabbath, frequent places of dissipation, and indulge in anything wrong and unseemly. As the fruit of his tois, he was cheered in seeing many young people brought into the path of life, and, by a holy and consistent walk, adorning their profession. Those newly planted in the Lord's vineyard he watched over with all the affection of a father, knowing that the young, frail, and tender sapling quivers before each passing breeze, and can ill withstand the blast that breaks the sturdy, gnarled, and knotted oak.

While thus a firm believer in the efficacy of united prayer and effort on the part of the Church, he was not inattentive to family

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religion and closet devotion. His public efforts did not supersede his more private religious exercises. It has been our privilege to visit him when alone in the house, and accompany him to his room set apart for self-examination and secret prayer, and never shall we forget his spiritual fervour, his subdued state of feeling, his becoming self-abasement, his solemn reverence of language, and his freedom of access to the mercy seat. The closet was with him the gate of heaven, the antechamber of the Highest, and the place where he held converse with the Lord. Often has he entered dejected in spirit and borne down with sorrow; but there he has received a sovereign balm for his wounds, and exchanged his countenance beclouded with grief for one bathed in floods of joy. We have no hesitation in affirming that the closet was the secret of his personal piety, his influence in the Church, his prosperity in business, his high standing as a townsman, and all that contributed to make him beloved and respected as a pattern of good works. He was richly imbued with Divine charity, and a living exemplification of the thirteenth chapter in the first epistle to the Corinthians.

He regarded individual character as a sacred trust, and its malicious impugnment as an act of sacrilege. He sought not to extol himself by injuring his fellow-creatures. His reputation was not built out of the wreck and ruin of others. In his daily conduct he was not content to act with rigid justice alone, but also to display the grace of benevolence. The golden rule of our Lord tuned his heart and kept it in ceaseless play, like the soft, balmy air that breathes the sweetest strains upon the Æolian harp. Charity with him was not an effete creed, but a healthy, vital, active principle. Like the noble founder of Methodism, charity was the very element of his renewed spirit, in which nothing could exist that was low, mean, and sinful; so he was the friend of all, and the enemy of none. Some of his most intimate friendships were to be found among the ministers of Christ, for whom he cherished a fervent affection, bearing them up in the hands of faith and prayer. He was particularly partial to our Connexional publications, and though, in the course of his life, he had visited many countries, carefully observing the scenes through which he passed, and storing his mind with a variety of valuable literature, he was free to acknowledge the writings of our esteemed ministers were most approved by his conscience and blessed to his spiritual profit. The“ Life of the late Rev. R. Waller," by the Rev. W. Cooke, was made a special blessing to his soul, and so completely was the writer lost in the interest of the memoir, that he found time to talk of nothing but the beauty and necessity of purity of heart. His charity found expression in relieving the poor, destitute, and distressed, responding to the pecuniary wants of the Church, and supporting the different institutions of Christianity. His interest in the cause of God was not that of an idle bystander; it was rather the anxious concern of one who, having invested his money, desires success with all the ardour of a shareholder. His watch word and action were one, defined by God's Word, and only bounded by his means—“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” ,

His religious life was eminently practical, and supplies a striking example of diligence in business, fervour of spirit, and serving the Lord. The body was kept under subjection, so that all the desires of

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the flesh were slain as vipers and consumed as with fire. He was in the habit of rising early, and thus sleep was not suffered to degenerate into indolence and sloth. His recreations were of the right class and welltimed, carefully guarded against idle frivolity and hurtful excess. genial cheerfulness of spirit and conversation were as remote from injurious flippancy as a morbid censorious disposition. His table was spread with things convenient for him, and he held the creatures of Providence as designed to serve, nor would he stoop and sink to become their slaves. It was his daily study to let his moderation be known unto all men, and follow out the sacred prescription, "Whether, therefore, ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Those who resided with him under the same roof, both his family and domestics, were the subjects of his most ardent solicitude, as those over whom God had made him their spiritual guardian, and so he watched for their souls as one that must give an account. The inmates of his dwelling constituted the Church in his house, over which he watched as a Christian pastor. He was warmly attached to the different interests of our body, and by no means indifferent to the claims of other Christian communities ; hence he frequently presided over missionary meetings, and largely contributed to the cause of Christ. His piety was meditative, retiring, and delighted to exercise in the more private and most forsaken paths of duty; it was drawn to follow the aged, the indigent, the orphan, the widow, the fatherless, and the afflicted; it was found to imitate the God of Providence in mitigating physical suffering, satisfying the cry of necessity, and scattering food and raiment with a liberal hand. “ When the ear heard him, then it blessed him; and when the eye saw him, it gave witness to him; because he delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of Him that was ready to perish came upon him, and he caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.”

His death was a fair type of his life—calm, tranquil, and composed. There was neither violence in the enemy nor resistance from within, for the sting of death was drawn, and all fear had passed away. His happy spirit, full of years, and laden with the fruits of righteousness, gradually forsook the earthly house, like the dissolving star in full meridian sky, and with all the promise of a setting sun. Those who visited him in his last hours found his happy spirit strong in faith, full of hope, and lost in love. To the last he expressed his confidence in Jesus, his desire to meet his friends, especially his elder brother, who had gone to prepare a place for him, and his undisturbed resignation to wait the Lord's time, and to suffer all his righteous will. His end was peace, the moment of departure unknown, for, as he met no enemy, he experienced no conflict. Like David, after he had served his generation, by the will of God he fell on sleep, and shall awake in the likeness of his glorified Lord.

Asleep in Jesus, far from thee
Thy kindred and their grave may be;
Yet it is still a blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep.
On Judah's plains or Lapland's snows,

Believers find the same repose.' "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.”

S. JACKSON.

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