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the noon of life, and in the midst of its him there, “Shall not the Judge of all
" Jesu, Lover of my soul,”
“ All my trust ou Thee is stay'd; ours only, but also for the sins of the
All my help from Thee I bring; whole world.” The words he quoted
Cover my defenceless head most frequently have been carved upon
With the shadow of Tby wing." his tomb, as expressing the deep con. He died October 6th, 1870, in the thirtyviction of the sorrowing ones who laid ninth year of his age.
H. E. G.
RECENT DEATHS. FEBRUARY 26tb, 1872.–At Coombe, for fifty-two years, and both as a in the St. Austell Circuit, Mr. John local preacher and class-leader ren. Yelland, aged seventy-one. He was dered valuable service to the cause brought in early life to & saving of God in the Circuit in which he reacquaintance with God bis Saviour, sided. According to his means, he and for more than fifty years was a was a liberal supporter of Methodism, consistent member of the Wesleyan and especially of its Foreign Missions. Methodist Society, beloved by many The poor ever found in him a kind friends, who justly appreciated his friend. After having been laid aside worth. In the year 1826, he commenced by the infirmities of age for several a Sunday-school at Coombe, to which
years, he died in full reliance on the he gave constant attention, ever inani. Atonement, “ looking" in confident festing a deep interest in the spiritual expectation “ for the mercy of our welfare of the children, and endearing Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." himself to them by his kindness and
J.F. cheerful disposition. For nearly fortynine years he was a faithful class
April 10th.–At Skipton, Ann leader, and for a long time had the
Lindley, in the eighty-sixth year of ber care of two important classes. His age. From her youth she was remarklast affliction was short, but he was
able for sobriety of mind and Chrisquite ready for the change, and sud
tian devotion. Her attachment to denly fell asleep in Jesus.
Methodism and its ministers was
enlightened, cordial, and constant. Of March 3rd, 1873.- Mr. Josiah
late gears her religious character Wedge, of the Walsall (Wesley,) Cir- steadily ripened. In lier last aftliccuit, aged eighty years. He was &
tion ber communion with God was member of the Wesleyan-Methodist often joyous : “Christ," she said, "is Society fifty-four years. In bis youth, my all, and in all." having been deeply convinced of sin, She was composed and sensible to be earnestly sought and obtained the the last moment. After dezing for “ knowledge of salvation by the remis some time, as if startled, she said, sion of sips.” His life was uniformly " Hallelujah ! Hallelujah! " and then pure and consistent. He was an in was not, for God took her." telligent and acceptable local preacher
W, L. LONDON : PRINTED BY WILLIAM NICHOLS, HOSTON SQUAJE.
MEMOIR OF THE REV. HENRY SHARP :
BY THE REV. J. R. HEWITSON. The uses of sacred biography are numerous: the Church is blessed by the memory of the departed as well as by the life and labours of the living. It is often asked, " Is Christianity practicable ?" To such inquiries the lives of good men reply that its duties can be performed, and that its spirit can be exhibited. A Christian life commends piety no less than a good sermon, and is a stronger testimony to the divinity of religion than many arguments. The blessings held out to the good man are great ; but the experience of the pious point out to us their attainableness. Numerous and competent witnesses testify that the doctrine of entire holiness is not simply an article in our creed, but its realization has been sought, obtained, and kept by many of our ministers and people. The record of faithful Christians often encourages the timid also to hope in God, and to "hold Him with a trembling hand." What, indeed, has stimulated the zeal of our own section of the Church of Christ more than the rich heritage of biography which we possess? It is thus in keeping with the purposes of Heaven to perpetuate, and this by human instrumentality, the memory of the “righteous.” “ The memory of the just is blessed :
The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.”
It is in sympathy with these important ends that we pen the following sketch of the late Rev. HENRY SHARP. He was born at Poole, in Dorsetshire, on the 6th of July, 1883. His parents lived in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. They were members of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and by them he was carefully instructed and “trained in the way he should go.” He heard their conversation, watched their life, and in their piety saw proof of the power of the Gospel to make man pure. In childhood he was remarkably thoughtful and fond of reading. In youth these characteristics grew; and by these habits of mind, parental influence, and the restraining grace of God, he was kept from much outward sip. But he does not seem to have manifested a real concern for religion till he was about eighteen years of age. At this period he saw, and felt deeply, the importance of personal godliness. His heart was unrenewed, and there
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was no peace to his stricken spirit. The Spirit of God seemed to come upon him like the morning light; and as the light grew clearer he became more distressed in mind, for weeks refusing to be comforted. He at length began to cry unto God with all his heart. His conviction of sin was penetrating, and for a considerable timo he sought salvation sorrowing. But he realized in his own case the faithfulness of the Lord: “ He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up." Mr. Sharp could never point to the exact time, or the very place, where he obtained “ the hid treasure ;” yet he knew he had come into possession of riches that the weaith of the world could never give. Though he could not name the hour when he received spiritual sight, he
“One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I
He never doubted the reality of the change effected in him, feeling that he had “not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but the Spirit of adoption, whereby he cried, Abba, l'ather." From this period his path was that of the just, which is “ as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." He did not attribute his conversion to any one individual, or to any particular sermon, but to a variety of means: like that of Lydia, his heart was gently opened to the “ truth” through which
o sanctified.” He now went on in the warmth of " first love,” serving God. After some time he removed to Slough, in the Windsor Circuit, where he began a prayer-meeting, at seven o'clock on the Sabbath morning. At first he was alone, but a few others soon joined him, and up to a recent date that prayer meeting, thus commenced, was carried on. About four years after his conversion he believed himself to be called by the Holy Ghost to preach, and to urge others to seek the great Christian blessings which he himself enjoyed. But true to his nature, and the humility that always characterized him, he was afraid to undertake a work so important, and for a time he kept his impressions to himself. At length the Church was moved to open the door for him whom the Spirit was urging to warn men to “ flee from the wrath to come." In March, 1857, his name was put upon the Windsor plan as a local preacher on trial. It was soon found, in the fruit God gave him in this work, that he had not mistaken his call. The following entry appears in his diary : “I now renew my covenant with Guil, and am determined to make a full surrender of body, and soul, and all I possess, to Him and His service; and I will rest in nothing short of entire sanctification." Day after day the pravu was on his lips, "O Lord, make me entirely Thine!" and on May 7th he was able to write, “O blessed day! the best I ever had. This morning, when engaged in my daily occupation, lifting