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and to converse upon heavenly grog for tea and sugar. I have subjects, and to pray with and for each many conversations with them. I other, and help each other on the way. know that there is a free and a full I was at our chapel in town last salvation offered to every one who Sanday night, and was much blessed. will accept of it. My very heart A great many soldiers were present, yearns after my shipmates, and I and I think there are soldiers of the know that what God has done for us, Cross' there."

He can also do for them. The Lord I give an extract from a letter from greatly refreshed us with showers of a marine on board one of H. M. ships, blessing while at Nagasaki. There dated Japan, December 1st, 1872. It were large gatherings of our brethren is a beautiful proof that though men from the Cadmus,' and Juno,' and leave England for foreign service, they'Curlew,' and 'Iron Dake,' and are not lost to Christ, and also a proof 'Salamis.' We met at Mr. Burnside's, that on board our ships of war there the English missionary, on Thursday are many devoted Christians, who nights and on Sundays. It was good need the sympathy and prayers of to meet all in one accord, with melody God's people. “ I am happy to tell in our hearts, praying and singing you that I have one brother in the praises anto the Lord. It put me in ship with me. He was brought to the mind of that blessed meeting when Lord about six weeks ago, when we we shall be for ever with the Lord.” were lying at Nagasaki. He has told I trust that by an arrangement with me that when he has seen me reading the Rochester trustees, a large number my Biblo, he often would have liked to of our men may attend the Rochester have come and had a talk with me. A chapel on the Sunday ovening. But missionary came on board to see me, every day I feel the want of an and to have a little meeting on the adequate Soldiers' Home. Six hundred lower deck with as many of the men public houses (with their manifold as would come together, so that night appliances for evil, some pandering to we had about eight men. After Mr. all that is low and repulsive) are found Burnside had gone away, my comrade in these towns,-& noble Soldiers' came and told me how he was feelingi Institute, but no Soldiers' Home and I gave him such exhortation as worthy the name, where godly men my Heavenly Father enabled me to do. may meet for mutual prayer and ....I press onward, doing my duty to encouragement. I hope this requiroGod and to man, so far as I have ment will soon be met. strength given unto me. I may say &

RICHARD HARDY. number of young men leave their

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. MR. JOHN CRESSY died on March 5th, with great admiration, and the more 1872, at Pocklington, in the seventy because at this time he was led to sixth year of his age. He was born at accept God's offered morcy through Market. Weighton, but was taken in Christ. very early life to Driffield. When he Following, as he believed, the leadwas fifteen years of age, the Revs. ings of Divine Providence, he left the Zechariah Taft, Francis West, and quietudeand associations of Driffield for William Smith were the ministers Bradford, Yorkshire, a town then beginappointed to the Driffield Circuit. Of ning to rise to the mercantile importthese men of God, he often spoke ance to which it has since attained in the West Riding. Here he found, in They unitedly hired a room near the the zenith of his usefulness and the dock, where they met, and prayed, and full tide of his popularity, the Rey. wept, and rejoiced ; and thus laid the David Stoner, under whose heart foundation of a cause which under searching ministry he sat with profit God has so increased, that, ere Mr. and delight for three years. At this Cressy departed hence, he saw the period he obtained the blessing of place of his former isolation and "perfect love,” in which he rejoiced distress constituted the head of a to the day of his death. “Not slothful Circuit, in business; fervent in spirit; serving In the year 1830 he removed to Hull the Lord," are terms descriptive of and became fixed in business; which the character conspicuouslymanifested he pursued with his accustomed dili. in Mr. Cressy whilst residing at Brad. gence, and in which success attended ford. Without a recollected intermis. his endeavours. Here he again felt sion, the following were his Sabbath at home, and dwelt with his own day engagements and enjoyments people. Not given to change, not for the eight years during which he "carried about with divers and strange remained in that town :-"Rose to doctrines," and his heart being “estabattend the band-meeting at five A.m.; lished with grace," he was raised to at seven went to the preaching ; at offices of trust. First at Scott Street, nino attended the Sunday-school; at and then at Waltham Street, he had two P.m. went to public service in the the charge of & class committed to chapel; at four attended the class. him, for which he daily cared, and the meeting; at six again went to public members of which he strove to lead service; after which joined in a public on in the Divine life. prayer-meeting in the chapel, or some

He retired from the cares and cottage."

activity of business in the year 1864,Underwhat circumstances the "seed not to indulge in slothfulness and of the Kingdom” has been sown in unconcern, but to devote the evening of many places is unrecorded, and is his days more fully and unreservedly unknown to us. Sometimes, in a com.

to the service of his Lord and Master. paratively short period, results of the In the same year he came to Pocklingmost gracious and encouraging kind ton, with the fixed determination, “ If have appeared to spring from the tho Lord will," he said, " there to live humblest causes. In the year 1827 and die ; and there," he added, " to the finger of God seemed to point ont be buried.” His ruddy cheek, his the way for Mr. Crossy to leave Brad. placid brow, his cheerful voice, his ford, and to reside Goole. The elastic step, his constant and devout change was great, and the contrast, in attendance at the services of the house a spiritual senso, most painful. He of God, are well remembered ; and his found there no chapel, no means of visits to the sick, the dying, and the grace, no spiritual associates. He felt destitute, are spoken of with the most a stranger in a strange place. He wept grateful feelings, and are referred to when the Sabbath returned, and the as a powerful incentive to holy zeal remembrance of former privileges led

and spiritual activity. But him to inquire, “Why am I here ?

“ Time will rust the brightest blade, 'in a dry and thirsty land, where no

Years will break the strongest bow." water is.'” In vain he longed for the communion of saints. He sought for A paralytic seizuro deprived him of one like-minded, who could speak as speech, and rendered him almost helphe spoke, feel as he felt, and who could less. He now, with but few exceptions, join with him in prayer and praise, could only be seen in the retirement At last one, and only one, was found. and quietude of home, waiting till his change came. Yet his face was still lit application of which he never tired up with a smile, indicating the peace- of listening, -he often spoke with fulness which kept his heart and regret, almost bordering on indigna. mind” through Christ Jesus. His tion, at the modern outcry for abridged Lord, for whose coming, as a good and services and short sermons. High, faithful servant he had been looking, unbending rectitude characterized came as one expected and welcome. Mr. Chubb's business transactions; and No torturing pain, no severe mental the text of Scripture chosen for his conflict, was connected with the disso- memorial card was strikingly approlution of the earthly tabernacle: he priate :-“ As for me, Thou upholdest fell asleep, calm as are the slumbers me in mine integrity, and settest me of infancy, and so entered into rest. before Thy face for ever.”

A. B. His charities took a wide range, and

were dispensed with a most bountiful MR. JOHN CHUBB was born at Port hand. With him it was no nice caleusea, November 13th, 1815. He was a lation of what must be given in order Methodist of the fourth generation; to quiet the demands of conscience, his father, grandfather, and great and just fulfil a recognized obligation. grandfather having been members of “Not grudgingly, or of necessity," did the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. His he contribute to objects of piety and father removed to London in 1827. philanthropy. He was the "cheerfal From his youth Mr. Chubb enjoyed giver," devising liberal things; one great advantages in the society of who entered with all his heart into some of the most gifted and influen- the meaning of those words of the tial Methodist ministers. Privileged Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to intercourse of this kind he highly give than to receive." By this warm. valued ; it greatly contributed to the hearted and large-hearted benevolence formation of his religious character; he was a “succourer of many." In an and to this may be traced, in no small able sketch of Mr. Chubb's character, degree, that enlightened and devoted from the pen of an eminent minister, attachment to Methodism for which there are remarks bearing on this he was pre-eminently distinguished. particular, which we shall take leave

Religious decision was taken by him in to introduce here. “One department of early life. He joined a Society-class, and Christian charity, very dear to the the profession then mado, “This people Master, untrumpeted as the reticent, shall be my people, and their God my sensitive, and honourable need which God," was maintained with unwavering it relieved, was his delicato munifi. steadfastness to the end. The "faith cenco to Methodist ministers whose unfeigned” which dwelt in him had excessive labours had reduced them to as its prevailing element, the filial fear an ill-pensioned disablement. Several and love of God. His religious con- choice ministers are now in Circuite victions were intensely earnest, and work after a season of Supernumerary. they were expressed in various forms ship, whose recovery was expedited by of practical piety. In the services of Mr. Chubb's thoughtful and tender the sanctuary he always took great beneficence." delight. “Lord, I have loved the habi. Ministers and their families never tation of Thy house, and the place had a more hearty and generous friend where Thine honour dwelleth," well than Mr. Chubb. He was ever ready describes the sentiments of regard to promote their comfort. They were which he felt for the ordinances of welcomed to his house, and made to Divine worship. Devout in spirit, and feel that the hospitalities and attencherishing a profound reverence for tions which they received were no Holy Scripture,-to the exposition and mere conventional courtesies, but the expression of a real and deep affec. hood, he was ever ready to help tion.

Christian efforts in other places, his He showed a special interest in kindliness of manner enhancing the ministers' children. Somo years ago value of his substantial aid. · He occu. he provided a silver medal to be given pied various offices in the Liverpoolevery year to the most deserving boy Road, Brixton-Hill, and Mostyn-Road at New Kingswood School; and it was Circuits successively, giving himself with much gratification that he found, with much devotedness to the work of soon after this arrangement was made, erecting the noble chapel and school. a son of one of his oldest friends rooms at Mostyn-Road. For about a obtaining this distinction two years in quarter of a century he was District succession. He was also one of two Treasurer to the Worn-out Ministers' or three gentlemen whose generous Fund;" and it was with much glad. guarantee against loss in the establish. ness that the members of the District ment of the ministers' daughters Meeting, after his lamented decease, school at Clapton, led to the perma- found his son, Mr. George H. Chubb, nent supply of a serious and long-felt filling his esteemed father's place, want.

and showing that he inherited his To the various institutions of Meth. father's spirit. odism Mr. Chubb gave a ready and Mr. Chubb held clearly-defined liberal support ; but, catching the opinions. Every one knew that he spirit of the eminent ministers with was a Conservative.” He regarded whom he first became acquainted in the tendencies to extreme Radicalism his father's house, he was particularly which mark what are called “adattached to the cause of Foreign Mis. Vanced politics," as among the most sions. Few who heard his remarks at perilous signs of the times. But with the celebration of the Missionary Jubi- good men who differed from him in lee, will forget the emphasis with which many of his views, some of them he declared that then was the time belonging to other denominations, he when Methodists “ought to give out held pleasant intercourse. Between of capital.” At an unusually early him and the late Dr. Guthrie there age he was made a member of the existed an intimate friendship; and General Missionary Committee, where when the Doctor paid a visit to Lon. his presence and his counsels were don, he was accustomed to consider always welcomed. The year before Mr. Chubb's house as his home. his lamented death he took the chair A Protestant of the truest type, Mr. at the Annual Meeting of the Society Chubb was strongly opposed to Romanin Exeter Hall, introducing the busi- ism alike on religions and secular ness of the day in a speech marked by grounds. He distinctly saw that its ripe thought and calm, deep fervour, doctrines and practices were utterly at

Mr. Chubb was a man on whom variance with the Christianity of the dependence could always be placed. Now Testament, and that its ambitious Whatever obligations he undertook pretensions were equally fatal to the were conscientiously discharged; and most valued civil rights. He looked very diligent and persevering were his with just apprehension on public in. efforts to extend the kingdom of Christ. difference to the growth of Romanism, His active sympathies were as wide as and also on the unsuspicious readiness they were deep. While freely laying to concede political power and influtime, money, and influence under con- ence to a plotting, insidious system, tribution for the work of God in his which never will be, and never can be, own Circuit, and always looking out satisfied with anything short of parafor opportunities of evangelical enter. mount power in the State. pribe in his own immediate neighbour- We have sometimes thought that it was chlefly in his domestic life that which is above every name was octathe excellencies of Mr. Chubb's cha. sionally whispered in his ear, in conracter were most conspicuously seen. nection with the great things of the Certainly it was there that some of the soul, there were indications that sacred finer traits were the most distinctly emotion was stirred. On the early and attractively brought out. Tender- dawn of bis last Sabbath on earth, noss of affection, and thoughtful, his wife, strongly sustained by the courteons attentions to those who Lord's grace, sang by his bed-side the burrounded him in the happy home- 714th hymn, beginning, circle, with the evident desire and purpose to promote their welfare, gave

“God of my life, through all my to his entire bearing a winning grace,

days," eto. which all who saw could not but As those exquisite and most approadmire. He was a lover of home, and priate verses, so familiar to him, fell overy inmate of the home loved him.

on his ear, they seemed somewhat The end of so valued and honourablo to wake up the intelligence which a life came very suddenly and unex: disease had 80 painfully affected. pectodly. On the Sunday morning of Another three days of anxious susthe 20th of October, 1872, Mr. Chubb ponse, and then the release came. was in his usual place in Mostyn-Road On the day of the funeral a large chapel; the service had for him and circle of friends gathered at "the his family a feature of spocial interest, house of mourning," and yet it was not for the baptism of his youngest child altogether " the house of mourning." was to take place, and the minister Christian consolation and hope lightengagod for the occasion was the Rev. ened the surrow of that sad day. Some Dr. Osborn, an old and highly-valued verses of the 386th Lymnwere sung, and friend. The Liturgical portion of the tho Rev, G. O. Harvard read the one service, in which Mr. Chubb always hundred and second Psalm, the last took particular delight, had been con- verses of which had been the special cluded, and his infant son had been subject of Mr.Chubb's meditation on the presented to the Lord in baptism, morning of his seizure. The venerable whon, on entering the vestry, Thomas Jackson delivered an address, his stop was observed to falter in which he dwelt with much force Unconsciousno 88 soon came on, the and affoction on reminiscences of Mr. effoot of a serious paralytic seizure. Chubb, whom he had known from his For ton days ho lingered, receiving youth, and then offered a prayer of every attention that medical skill striking pathos and power. could devise, and the most devoted The numerous body of workmen affection could minister. Prayer, too, from Messrs. Chubb and Sun's London was offered in publio and in privato, works met the funeral procession at that his life might be spared; but the Beckenham Church, where a very Lord, whoso"ways are not as ourways," impressive service celebrated the last saw fit to deny the request. There rites of Ohristian love over a friend voro intervals of partial consciousness, whose departuro has created a wideenabling him to recognize those who spread sense of loss. were around him. When that Namo

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RECENT DEATHS. NOVEMBER 30th, 1872.-At Colump. Samuel Shephard, aged sixty-one. He ton, in the Tiverton Circuit, Mr. formerly resided at Halberton, in the

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