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I am far from supposing that this Corinthian spirit is universal ia our societies ; but I thiok it is too general; I want to have it entirely destroyed. I think it is our daty, as hearers of the gospel, to esteem all our preachers for their work's sake, and to receive them as mes. sengers of God; and though there may be a diversity of talents amongst them, to recollect that it is one Spirit that worketh in all. It is our duty, whilst they preach, to hold up and strengthen their hands by prayer; to make their labours easier by our bearing a part of their burden; whilst they invite sinners to be reconciled to God, it is our duty to use every exertion to bring those sinners to hear the word of recovciliation. It is our duty, like the children of Israel, to build up the desolated walls of our common Zion, every man over against his own house ; whilst the servants of God, like so many Nehemiahs, stand by to direct and to encourage us in the work; and if any of our fellow.men should, through our carelessness, be forced over the wall, their blood will not be required at their hands; it rests upon us ! Of thee will I require it, saith the Lord.

I have far exceeded my intended limits ; pardon me, Sir. The subject has long rested upon my mind; and I have long wished to see it taken up by some more able hand, like that of the Methodist, in your last November Number. Perbaps you, or some of your corres, pondents, on your suggestion, will notice it. Or should you think any of my loose remarks worthy a place in your pages, they are heartily at your service. Indeed, however you may dispose of them, if the matter be considered, aod this growing evil can be any way remedied, it will be a high gratification to your's, respectfully,

ANOTHER METHODIST.

To the Editor of the Methodist Magazine. The following Letters, written by the late venerable John Wesley, to a pious young woman of the name of Py well, who resided at Mickleover, near Derby, I have carefully copied from the originals. And, as they respect the deep things of God, and have never yet met the eye of the Publick, if you will, as soon as convenient, give them a place in your extensively circulated Miscellany, you will, I have no doubt, please and edify many of your pious readers.- I am, very dear Sir, your's, affectionately,

W. LEACH. Derby, Feb. 9th, 1819.

FIRST LETTER.
MY DEAR SISTER,

Kilkenny, April 23, 1771. I hardly knew whether you were dead or alive, having not heard from you for so long a season. Yesterday I received your's of March 28th, and am glad to hear you are not moved from your steadfastness. Certainly it is not the will of our Lord that you should ; his gifts are without repentance. Do you find no decay in faith? Do you as clearly as ever see him who is invisible? Is your hope as lively as at Girst? Do you still taste of the powers of the world to come? and can you say in as strong a sense as ever,

" I nothing want beneath, above,

Happy in a Saviour's love ?”

Do you feel no anger at any time? no pride ? no will but what is subó ordinate to the will of God? and have you the witness in yourself that all your ways please him? Then expect to see greater things than these, for there is no end of his goodness; and do not forget, my dear sister, your affectionate brother,

J. WESLEY.
SECOND LETTER.
MY DEAR SISTER,

London, Jan. 22, 1772. You have given me clear and satisfactory answers to the questions which I proposed, and I rejoice over you for the grace of God whick is in you. May he increase it more and more! How should I rejoice to see you, and to talk with you more particularly on these subjects. I hope that may be in the spring ; but before then you can tell me whether you are always sensible of the presence of God? Is that sense never interrupted by company, or by hurry of business? Is your heart lifted up to God, whatever your hands are employed in ? Do you rejoice evermore? Are you always happy? Always more or less enjoying God? Do you never fret, never so grieve at any thing as to interrupt your happiness? Do you never find lowness of spirits ? Are you enabled in every thing to give thanks ? I am, my dear sister, your affectionate brother,

J. WESLEY, . THIRD LETTER. MY DEAR SISTER,

London, Dec. 19, 1773. It is plain the wisdom and power of God order all things well; he has brought you to the right place, and you have no need to be careful for any thing, but only in every thing to make your requests known unto him with thanksgiving. I am glad to hear that my dear Mrs.

y 's love does not grow cold. One part of your work is to stir up all, who have believed, to go on to perfection, and every moment to expect the full salvation which is received by simple faith. I am persuaded your being where you are will be for good. Speak to all about you, and spara not. God will bear witness to his owo truth. -I am, my dear sister, your affectionate brother, J. WESLEY.

FOURTH LETTER.
MY DEAR SISTER,

London, Dec. 29, 1774. I am glad you parted from our honest friend C- ne upon so good terms. All the trials you suffered, while you were there, are now passed away like a dream. So are all the afflictions we endured yes. terday.; but they are noted in God's book, and the happy fruit of them may remain when heaven and earth are passed away. Trials you are likewise to expect where you are now; for you are still in the body, and wrestle, if not with flesh and blood, yet with “Principalities, and powers, with the rulers of the darkness of this world, with wicked spirits in high places,” and it is good for you that every grain of your faith should be tried; afterwards you shall come forth as gold. See that you never be weary or faiat in your mind; account all these things for your profit, that you may be a full partaker of his holiness, and “ Brighter in all kis image shine."--I am, my dear sister, your affectionate brother,

J. WESLEY.

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OBITUARY.

On Friday the 3d of Sept. 1819, died, in health, and be seems to have thought Mr. William Robinson, of Bridlington that his death was approaching. It had Key, Yorkshire, in the 91st year of his been, we believe, his habitual, as it beage. We are not at present accurately came now his more particular prayer, informed, but we believe that he had that he might “die the death of the been a member of the Methodist society. righteous," and it pleased God to indulge for upwards of sixty years; and in the him with the full possession of his mental multitude of excellent persons who have faculties to the last, and to answer his adorned that body of Christians, it would, pious desires. During the progress of his perhaps, be difficult to select one in the disorder, his soul seemed to acquire addi. walks of private life who has done greater tional spirituality and fervency, to that honour to the Christian profession by uni- which was its general experience. But form piety and devotedness to God, and on the Thursday preceding his departure unceasing acts of kindness and good will he altered much, and could scarcely sit to men. In him the society has lost a up all the day. After having had his bright example of sincerity, humility; bed made, and being put in again, he and love to God, and the poor, in the broke out into such a strain of prayer and general circle of his neighbourhood, a praise, for his relations, the church, and warm friend, to their present and eter. ministers, as truly astonishd those about pal interests. Mr. William Robinson, him, saying frequently, “ Praise the and his brother, Mr. Thomas Robinson, Lord, O my soul," " Why my cold heart (who died at an advanced oge about four art thou not lost in wonder, love, and years ago, happy in the enjoyment of that praise ?" " Take the dear purchase of thy vital religion which he had so long pro- blood," &c. “Why this insensibility of fessed,)* were the first introducers of thy great compassion," Methodism into that part of the country "Take my poor heart and let it be, in which they resided, and continued, For ever closed to all but thee," &c. for more than half a century, two of its “ I praise thee for my creation, preserzealous supporters. Believing it to be vation, but above all for my redemption consistent with and supported by the through Christ Jesus; I commit all into Scriptures, and calculated to make men thy hands, my soul, and body, and happy and useful in this life, as well as friends, and concerns; O bless the Lord, to prepare them for a state of eternal and all that is within me bless his holy felicity in the next, they spared neither name." It would extend to an inconexpense nor personal exertion in pro. venient length to repeat all his heavenly moting so good a work; and for many conversation; he sometimes dozed, and years, indeed till the numbers and then praised God. On Friday he slept a ability of the society enabled them to little in the morning, but appeared much provide for their preachers, their houses weaker, and could not speak much. He were the homes of those who laboured in was however, quite sensible, and seemed the word and doctrine in their part of the to have his sight almost to the last. In vineyard. As we believe that an account the afternoon he said, “ Bless the Lord, of the characters, views, and habits of O my soul, and all that is within me the earlier members of our societies, praise is holy oame, should be transmitted to those who come “O for an heart to praise my God," after, we trust we shall be able, upon which, with “Bruise satan under my some future occasion, to give a more de- feet,” were the last words he was heard failed Memoir of these two excellent bro. to speak. Thus died this eminent saint thers; but in the mean time it will be and servant of God, adding another to pleasing to our readers to advert to the the immense multitude of those who have Tast' moments, and some of the last ex. exemplified and confirmed the truth of pressions of Mr. Wm. Robinson, who has the Psalmist's Divine words, “ Mark the recently departed.

perfect man, and behold the upright; He had for a few weeks been declining for the end of that man is peace.” Indeed

those who are yet left in this land of * We are sorry tbat we were not favoured,

clouds and darkness are called upon by for our Obituary, with an account of the death of Mr. Thomas Robinson, whose last the experience of such a Christian as he end bore ample testimony to the great was of whom we are now speaking, to be realities of religion; and whose expressions grateful for that additional encourageof hope and triumph, during bis last illness, were similar to those of his excellent brother.

ment which such an end holds out for a holy and consistently religious life, and pitieth his children." And about a fort. for adhering in steady faith to the great night before her death, she was enabled truths of the gospel, upon which the to give up all things below the skies, even Christian character is founded. The her husband, whom she tenderly loved. brilliancy of such an evening of life at During the last eight days of her life she once cheers us, and enlarges our views often expressed a “ desire to depart and and hopes of a glorious inmortality. be with Christ.” And a few hours before

her departure she said to her hansband, On Tuesday evening, June 29, 1819, “ Wilt thou not give me up?" On his died, at Oiley, Yorkshire, of a dropsy, assuring her that he had done that, she RoSAMOND, the wife of John Simpson, said, Then why am I kept here : let jun. preacher, aged 51. She was born me die and see Jesus." "About nine at Holbeck, near Leeds, of parents who o'clock the same evening she fell asleep in were respectable in their moral character; him, and is now favoured with a sight of and her behaviour, even while she was that Saviour, wborn she loved and desired unconverted, was proper and orderly. to see.

Jonx Simpsos. She began to seek regenerating grace, when she was about 19 years of age; but On Sunday night, July 25, 1819, died, did not believe on Christ with her heart at Evesham, Mrs. ELIZABETR Ransom, anto righteousness, till three years after; wife of Mr. H. RANSOM. She had been, when she received a clear and satisfactory soon after five o'clock in the morning, deevidence of the favour of God, at a class- livered of a daughter, and there was every meeting in Holbeck. Her conduct, espe- appearance of her doing well throughout cially from that time, was such as became the day, till between seven and eight the gospel of God our Saviour. She en- o'clock in the evening; when an unfavourtered the married state on the 16th of able change took place, which terminated October, 1797, and was a blessing to her fatally at half past (welve o'clock, to the husband ever after, encouraging him in unspeakable loss of her disconsolate husthe work of the Lord, and readily sub. band, and three lovely children. Her death mitting to, and cheerfully complying with is supposed to have been occasioned by what appeared to him to be the will of an apoplexy, brought on by water in the God. She was a steady upright follower chiesi, an affliction under which she had of Christ, a peaceable neighbour, and a laboured for some weeks previous to her faithful, industrious, frugal, and affec. confinement. During the afternoon, tionate wife.

among other precious observations which About six years ago, ber disorder com- dropped from her lips, she said, menced and increased on her continually; “ My Jesus to know, and feel his blood large collections of water being soon flow, formed in her body, which, however, for 'Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below," three years repeatedly passed away, but and during the three following years did not, “O for a thousand tongues to sing so that after bearing her burden for about My great Redeemer's praise," &c. 14 months, she submitted with great But had she uttered potbing expressive of firmness of mind to the operation of tap- her views and feelings then, her general ping. She was tapped, in the space of 23 character and experience would have months and one day, 20 times, and her afforded the strongest ground for assubody broke thrice. It is supposed that rance to her surviving friends, that to her not less than 100 gallons were taken from sudden death was sudden glory. her by these means. The last month of She was a person of more than ordiher life was a time of the most acute suf. nary endowments, both of nature and fering, for her pain and sickness were in- grace, but extremely modest and humble. cessant night and day. But she bore all In every circuit where she resided, she with Christian fortitude and patience, was greatly respected ; and those who and never murmured, or charged God enjoyed her particular acquaintance and foolishly.

friendship, will not soon forget the good Previous to her last confinement, she sense, piety, and ineekness which she would sometimes weep, and say, that she always manifested. Such was the esteem feared, when the last trial should come in which she was held in Evesham, even she should not be prepared to meet it with by those who only heard of her by report, resignation. When questioned as to the that her death excited a general feeling state of her mind, she used to say, “Com- of sympathy and regret through the fortable, but doubting." But the Lord town. had compassion on her, “ as a father

MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.

CEYLON. VARIOUS letters and statements have been recently received from this island, all of which are of a very encouraging kind, and will be given in order. Among the pleasing accounts is one contained in a letter from Mr. Newstead, who has been the first of our missionaries to carry the tidings of the Gospel into the Kandian territory. His letter is dated Relligalla, July 20, 1818. He preached to about 20 of the natives, through an interpreter, and left a schoolmaster to reside among them, to attempt the establishment of a school. He was received with great kindness by the people, and entertained at the house of the principal man of the village. May this prove the opening of “a great and effectual door” to this benighted and wretched region.

Another pleasing circumstance is the establishment of a Juvenile Missionary Society at Colpetty, in December, 1818. Mr. Harvard stated to the meeting, which was held in the School House at Colpetty, and composed chiefly of the children of that school, and their parents, the benigbted and wretched condition of heathens in different parts of the world, as well as in their own country, and the success which had attended the labours of missionaries, with anecdotes of the conversion of heathen children and others in different places. Cornelius, (now an Assistant Missionary,) Don Adrian de Sylva, (a converted Budhu Priest,) and Mr. Coopman, (a local preacher,) then prayed. Mr. Harvard became the Treasurer, and Mr. Coopman the Secretary. From 40 to 50 subscribers put down their names, and are regularly paying their subscriptions. The subscriptions are of course very small; but it is pleasing to notice the excitement of the new and noble principle of Christian zeal and benevolence amongst the natives of Ceylon, connecting the affections of the soul with every child of man, and with the glory of Christ.

By Mr. Harvard the Committee have received a letter addressed to them by George Nadoris de Sylva, the converted priest, an account of whom has been inserted in the Magazine. The translation from the Cingalese was made by one of the native schoolmasters, whose English is not perfect, but it preserves much of the peculiarity of the original, and will be interesting to our readers.

GEORGE NADORIS'S LETTER TO THE COMMITTEE.

This Letler is written and sent to the most distinguished and excellent Mission Society.

Having been appointed high priest, or shipping, and go to the kingdom of Ava, Maha Nayaka, over the Budhist priests of and did obtain every necessary book of my cast in the island of Ceylon, or Lack. the Budhist religion from the king of the diewa, I caused a number of about sixty said country; and I returned to Ceylon, Budhist temples, or Whihares, to be built bringing with me, at the same time, a and erected; and also, I caused a number distinguished warrant of authority for ny of about 350 priests, called Teronanses, said office of Maha Nayaka from the Budand a number of about 100 or upwards hist college or Society of that celebrated of Sammenaires, or inferior priests, to be country. appointed, for the propagation of the Bud- Thus I began both myself to teach the hist religion ; and thus did I convert even people of Lackdictoa, or Ceylon, in the many Christians to that religion.

principles of the Budhist religion, and And I furtber, for the purpose of bring. likewise, by means of several hundreds of ing such books which were not then to be books which I brought with me, as afore. found in the island of Ceylon, did cake said, to labour for the spreading of the

Vol. XLII. OCTOBER, 1819.

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