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was, therefore, a source of much com- very much distressed. She expressed fort in the family circle, often evincing a strong desire to see her mother, a thoughtfulness of mind, in relation and, to gratify her wish, she was to household matters, far above her carried by her friends to the bedside years.

of her afflicted parent. The occasion When very young, she became the was a most affecting one, and was, subject of very gracious influences; happily, the means of reconciling but, being somewhat naturally re- her more fully to the will of God. served, she did not reveal her mind From this time the frail tabernacle on the subject of religion until she continued to waste, but her spirit was about tifteen years of age. At rejoiced more and more in the blessed that time, without any solicitation, hope of eternal life. The visits of she remained after the Sabbath even- her religious friends were seasons of ing's public service at the ordinance special refreshing and encourageof the Lord's Supper, and on her way ment. With very joyous emotion home with her mother (one of our she often spoke of heaven as her devoted women) gave utterance to abiding home; and, resting on the her religious emotions, and expressed merits of the Atoning Sacrifice, trana strong desire to commence meeting quil and confident, she waited the in class. Her mother, as a matter moment of release, and, on the 5th of course, encouraged her to do so, of February, 1865, in the nineteenth and on the following Sabbath she year of her age, her happy spirit left joined the class in which she con- its clay tenement, to be for ever with tinued to meet as long as health and the Lord.

A. BLAKELEY. strength permitted. Though somewhat diffident and of few words, she GEORGE WILCOX, often expressed strong confidence in God as her reconciled Father through

OF SILVERDALE, HANLEY CIRCUIT. faith in his dear Son. A life of de- Our departed brother, George Wilvotion to God had manifestly become cox, was born at Liset, near Silverthe absorbing purpose of her heart; dale, in the year 1814. 'When about and in the efforts made in our Sab- eleven years of age, he, with his bath-school to raise funds for the parents, removed to Silverdale, in support of our missions (efforts which the Hanley Circuit, and soon after have been so signally successful) none joined that Sabbath-school. Here engaged more heartily than our dear he received those influences that did sister.

much to prepare his mind and heart But, while in our young

for a full reception of God's saving beheld a bud of so much promise, grace. Infinite Wisdom had ordained that About the age of eighteen, and its beauties should open in a purer,

while in connection with the Sabbath. happier clime, and bloom beneath school, our brother was seriously the immediate sunlight of the eternal afflicted. It was during this affliction throne. In the midst of life and that he was brought to a true knowhope our sister was arrested by the ledge of his sinful and dangerous hand of affliction : an affection of condition. Soon after he was led by the heart soon laid her prostrate on

the hand of a Christian friend to one a bed of suffering, and her recovery of our class-meetings, then conducted soon became a matter of very serious by the late Mr. Joseph Peake, and doubt. Ahl how necessary it is for it was evident that with all sincerity, us all, even the young, to be ready he bad given his heart to God, and for a dying hour!

both heart and hand to his Church, At the earlier stage of our sister's of which (at Silverdale) our brother illness she clung to life; and, with continued a consistent and devoted considerable emotion, at times said member to the day of his death, a she would very much like to be re- period of thirty-three years. Aged stored. Her dear mother was con- and devoted Christians are generally fined, by rheumatism, in another converted in early life. room, and on this account she was Our departed brother was a Me

friend we

thodist, of what is called the “oll Our departed brother appeared to sort." He not only considered it have special power with God in possible, but lived in the happy as- prayer. When thus engaged he was surance of God's forgiving grace. as one in audience with his Heavenly To this great truth the Spirit itself Father. With strong confidence bore witness with his spirit.

in the great Mediator he evidently The precious doctrines of salvation prayed as one expecting to receive; by Jesus Christ were his daily glory and often at the family altar, in his and joy. Here his soul rested for class and the prayer-meeting, a holy forgiveness, purity, joy, and heaven; influence would rest upon all around. and many of his Christian com- As might be expected in such a man, panions will not soon forget his he possessed strong Christian symflowing tears, and bursts of praise, pathy. If a member of the Church when speaking or singing of the were overtaken in a fault, he seldom precious love of Christ.

failed to do his uttermost to restore Both the public and private life such a one “in the spirit of meekof Brother Wilcox was as becometh ness." In words of kindness, when the Gospel of Christ. A person opportunity presented, he seldom

A living in the same neighbourhood failed to reprove sin in young or old, says, “ I have known George Wilcox especially on the Lord's-day, taking nearly thirty-four years, but never then the opportunity of leading the knew one single instance in which Sabbath-breaker to the house of his consistent moral character was God, and at this day some have just questioned." A fellow-workman cause to be thankful for these efforts, says, “ He was the same on other as also for his many visits to those in days as on Sundays.” A Christian affliction. brother, who for some years lived in As a class-leader (which office he the same house with him, says, “A most efficiently held for a period of man's home is the place to see twenty years), he was diligent, faithwhether there is genuineness in his ful, and affectionate, and long 'will Christian profession, and George the members of his class lament their Wilcox would have well stood that loss. From the time our brother test.” As the head of a family, he first united himself to a class-meetwas unceasing in Christian duties. ing, to the day of his death, he was He appeared always to be seeking a true Methodist. He loved his classfor spirituality of mind. The Holy meetings; nor was he found absent Scriptures were his meditation day except prevented by sickness or other and night. When health permitted, unavoidable circumstances. Oh, for he would sometimes rise very early more of the same spirit! He was on the Sabbath morn, and with his diligent in his attendance on all the Bible in his hand, and God's love in means of grace; his great object was his heart, he would go to the fields, to get and to do good, and so praise and for several hours together read and glorify his God. his Bible, pray to and praise his God; About seven or eight years past our and in such exercises it is said he has beloved brother's health began to fail, been known to spend whole nights. but by care and the diligent atten

But while I thus write, let it not tion of his excellent wife, the disorder be supposed that I lose sight of, or did not make rapid progress, but for think he had no failings. No, no; the last three years such was his and over these he would often weep. enfeebled state that it was with conNevertheless, all who knew him will siderable difficulty he could attend to admit that he was a Christian of his employment, and repeatedly for more than a common amount of short periods he was quite unable. piety. He daily walked with God. From the first of his affliction, he His conversation was in heaven. In continued to have a strong impressupreme love to God, and a con- sion that it would be unto death, scientious regard for his duty to “but,” said he, “not my will, but others, he was a living epistle of my Father's be done.” For about Christ.

eight weeks before his death, our departed brother was altogether con- her deportment such as became the fined to his room. In this state his

Christian profession. During the Christian friends found it a privilege long and painful affliction which to visit him. A few days before his preceded her death she was wondeparture he said, “ There are three drously sustained by the power of or four young men unconverted that I

Divine grace, and endured as " seeing have often spoken to about their Him who is invisible." Calm resigsouls, and I should like to have

vation, unwearied patience, and firm spoken to them once more, but my confidence in her Saviour were the Master calleth for me." A day or

strongly-marked features of her extwo after this he said to a friend, “I

perience throughout her affliction. am near the valley, but Christ is

She had for many years been accuswith me, and it is full of light. I tomed to join in the service of song am resting in his arms; bless him, in the house of the Lord, and in the praise him, it is all of Jesus. I am midst of her great weakness, and à sinner saved by grace. I gave near the end of ber earthly life, she myself to him in health, and I know would endeavour to sing oue of the he will not leave me now." His

songs of Zion.

And now, raised voice was almost lost in death, but

above all hindrances, she unites with turning to his brother, he whispered, the glorious choir of heaven in cele“ Another struggle, and then at my brating the high praises of God and Father's house." Soon after, he the Lamb. And we mourn our loss stretched forth bis feeble arms, with not as those without hope. fixed eyes, as if he saw some heavenly visitor, then for a few minutes he " Her God sustained her in her final lay in a quiet, peaceful state, when

hour; without a sigh, our beloved brother,

Her final hour brought glory to her

God.” George Wilcox, left earth for heaven,

T. SMITH. December 29, 1866, aged fifty-two years.

MRS. LINLEY. His death was improved a few weeks afterwards by the writer, to a

We have just received the mournful large and deeply-affected congrega

intelligence that Mrs. Lipley, the tion in our chapel at Silverdale.

beloved wife of the Rev. Clement T. HEATH.

Linley, of the City of Melbourne in
Australia, is no more.

She died of

typhoid fever, in great peace, on the MRS. HINGELEY.

30th of August. Alas! what ravages On Saturday, October 5, 1867, Mrs.

does the monster death make in our Hingeley, the beloved wife of Mr. domestic enjoyments! May the God John Ilingeley, of Birmingham, en- of all grace and consolation support tered into the Christian's rest, in the

and comfort the soul of our beloved fifty-third year of her age. She

brother in this sad bereavement. was brought to a saving knowledge of Divine truth in early life, and Died, at Hurst, 19th inst., Miss for about thirty-five years sbe was Wright, only surviving child of the a member of our church in Birming- late Rev. P. J. Wright. ham. Her attachment to the cause

S. SMITH. of Christ was strong and steady, and Hurst, Nov. 20, 1867.


MUSICAL CONCERTS. tice; and her efforts for extension We live in a very critical period of are often paralyzed by the tempothe Church's history. Her purits rising conduct of those who have a is assailed in every possible way,

nominal connection with her. Rituboth as it regards doctrine and prac- alism in the Establishment is but

one form of deadly error; there are hymns and spiritual songs, singing other things, which those who con- with grace in your hearts to the demn and repudiate it countenance Lord " (Col. iii. 16). " Let them and patronize, that are exceedingly praise the name of the Lord: for his detrimental to the cause of truth and name alone is excellent” (Ps. cxlviii. righteousness, and, to some extent, 13). Now, is there anything in sap the very foundations of vital

songs at all in accordance with the godliness. In Methodist and Dis- teaching of these (and, we might senting bodies, purity of doctrine is add, many other) portions of the almost universally maintained, if we Bible? We answer most emphaexcept those who deny the Divinity tically, No, no. There are no secular of Christ, and some other essential songs in the Scriptures. truths of the Gospel; but in practice But we must go a step further:certain things are allowed, even by "Evil communications,” and espethe orthodox, which are surely, and cially in the fascinating garb of in some cases rapidly, undermining music and song, “corrupt good the piety of orir youth of both sexcs. manners;' and this is sufficiently Prudential motives are alleged. It and lamentably evident in the conis asked, “Why should we not gra- duct of the young people who are tify our young people in matters so indulged with secular songs, whether trifling, when we, by doing so, have at concerts in the house of worship, the prospect of gaining them to the or at their respective home3—to win Church?” It certainly requires no them to Chrisi!! " Tell it not in proof that what is plainly contrary Gath." We know that such young to the Word of God is no trifling people are not won to Christ by any matter, and that to allow it is a plain such means; if, after being so inviolation of duty, and, therefore, a dulged by professors of religion, they positive rejection of the authority of are ever, by any other means, brought God! “ Whosoever therefore will be to him at all! a friend of the world, is the enemy of I do not wish to occupy too much God” (Jas. iv. 4).

“ But," it may

of your valuable space, but I may be asked, “ to what do you allude?" presume to add, that secular songI allude to more things than one; singing is allied to various games of but that to which I wish to call spe- sinful pleasure, which pave the way cial attention at present is, the sing- to the theatre, the ball, and the raceing of SECULAR SONGS, and the use course, and end, we have but too of SECULAR MUSIC at musical con

much reason to fear, in the eternal certs held in places where God is ruin of many of our Sunday scholars, worshipped. For instance, I have who are the children of professors of very recently known Handel's ora

the religion of Jesus. torio of the “ Messiah" form the

AN OLD WATCHMAN. first, and “secular songs and music" the second part of a concert, held in a place where Christian worship is

THE VANITY OF HUMAN conducted, contrary to the object

PURSUITS. contemplated by the generous and devout persons who gave the money It was the brief expression of a whole for its erection, and to the plain and public life condensed into a few unmistakable tenor of the trust words, when a dying senator, of deed by which it is secured to a cer- brilliant rhetorical triumphs, extain section of the Church! This, of claimed, “What shadows we are, itself, is bad enough ; but we must and what shadows we all pursue !" look at the matter in a still more In confirmation of these remarks, serious light. Secular song-singing the following account may be adis contrary to the clear teaching of duced, as taken from my own private the sacred Scriptures : “Let the notes when a traveller on the Conword of Christ dwell in you richly tinent:in all wisdom, teaching and admo- The hotel at Brussels where I nishing one another in psalms and took up my abole was frequented by a well-dressed Frenchman, of that he was perfectly correct in his apparently little more than thirty statements. He had read much, years of age. His countenance was and, indeed, as he said, all the books intelligent but grave, and his manner that came in his way, till he found listless and inditferent. He usually succeeding authors only repeating sat alone in one compartment of the former in a different mode and the room where we asseinbled, and form of expression. glanced cursorily at the papers, but “ And now," said he, “I am at a seldom entered into conversation. I loss what to do. I know not where learnt that he bad been staying to go or what to see that I am not there several months, had abundance already acquainted with. There is of money, was regular in his habits, nothing new to sharpen my curiosity but had no particular object in view, or to stimulate me to exertion. I and seemed, as it was expressed, like am sated. Life to me bas exhausted a man who knew not what to do its charms; the world has no new with himself. My curiosity was face for me, nor can it open any new awakened; I endeavoured to render prospect to my view." myself agreeable to him, and as we I strongly impresse 1 upon him the always met at meals, and frequently, necessity of seeking and serving the also, at other times, I got into God of the Scriptures, and of profamiliar conversation with him. His posing to himself some ennobling coldness and indifference gradually and worthy object of pursuit in life. wore off, and at length we sat to- This, I assured him, from my own gether for hours, conversing in an experience, was the unfailing antidote unembarrassed manner.

to ennui, and the cheering solace of In answer to my inquiries, on our present existence. I left bim several occasions, he gave me the

with the hope that my arguments following account of himself :- and appeals were not in vain, and

"I was left, at a very early period we parted in a friendly manner, of my life, heir to a very considerable though he still exhibited on his estate, the annual revenues of which countenance a feeling of languor soon came to be at my disposal. I and disinclination to exertion, had an eager desire to see different Surely here a practical countries, to make myself acquainted comment on Solomon's conclusion, with their several aspects, and the “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity customs, manners, peculiarities, and and vexation of spirit." language of their respective inhabitants, with the most interesting CHRISTIAN DEVOTEDNESS; particulars of their history. I therefore set out on my travels, and

OR, PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. spared no expense for the accomplish- I Love the Lord my God with all ment of my object. With this view my heart. I purpose to keep his I have visited Europe and the East, commandments and do his will. have been in both the Indies, and For this I live, for this I pray,

for through Switzerland, France, and this I read his Holy Word. Bat England. I have also visited other to do this, how much I need help places, too numerous to particularize, from on high. For I know not how and I have met with but few dis- to pray as I ought. Nor can I asters, and with but little interrup- readily discern just what I ought to tion to my health, while, as yet, my do, or how I ought to act under the resources are unimpaired."

accumulated trials and temptations He said all this with coolness and of this unfriendly world. I only with no apparent desire to excite my know that I need Christ, and that I astonishment. He surprised me by need him every moment. Awake the extent of his information and or asleep, at home or abroad, alone the accuracy of his knowledge. I in the forest or when I mingle with found by his ready answers to the multitude, I need himn just the questions which I put to him relative

He is my life, my light, my to those parts which I had traversed, truth, my way. I cannot live with



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