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lord, who was at variance with his him a suitable person to occupy the own brothers and sisters, went to pulpit, encouraged him to make a bereside in America. At his death it ginning at once, and gave him some was found that he had left the whole appointments on the next Circuit plan. of his property to his tenant, Matthew He soon became useful local Bentley, to the entire exclusion of his preacher. A second class-meeting relations. As soon as Mr. Bentley was also commenced by him in his ascertained this to be the case, he own house at Upper Mill, but circumcalled together the brothers and sisters stances made it necessary for him to of his late landlord, and divided return to Delph, and his connection amongst them the property which had with both classes consequently ceased. been left to him; the family, however,' He, however, commenced another, insisting that he should have one composed principally of young men, share of it along with themselves.
of whom became local His mother, who was also remarkable preachers. for her devotion to the cause of God In the year 1842, in consequence of and her love to His ministers, used the dulness of trade, Mr. Bentley was her best endeavours to train up her obliged to remove his family to Hon. children “in the nurture and admoni. ley, where for two years he was active tion of the Lord,” and for more than after his customary manner in the half a century adorned her religious Church. Thence the household reprofession by her godly and consistent moved to Taylor Hill, where they example as a member of the Wesleyan- lived until troublous times arose for Methodist Society.
Methodism, and the class in which Mr. When young, Mr. Bentley was sent Bentley met was broken up. He stood to the day and Sabbath-school, and firm, however, to the Society, and was made tolerable proficiency in the subsequently again appointed & leader; acquisition of knowledge, though the an office which he sustained also after means of instruction then in vogue he came to reside in Huddersfield, and were very different from the facilities indeed until the time of his death. now placed within the reach of all His desire to promote the work of classes. He was early appointed a God was great. It gave him great teacher in the Sabbath-school, and pain of mind when from sickness, or when, at eighteen years of age, he was other cause, he was obliged to be soundly converted to God, he became absent from the meeting of his class, & member of the Methodist Society. or to omit an appointment to preach. Being earnest and very consistent in He made it a rule to attend the Mon. all he undertook, both in the world day night prayer-meeting, the Wed. and in the Church, he was appointed nesday night service, and the Saturday leader of a class at the comparatively night band-meeting when he had no early age of twenty-one. After having pulpit engagement on the following been successful in this capacity, and Sunday. happy in the work, for about three Mr. Bentley was not exempt from years, it was powerfully impressed the trials of life, and had to paas upon his mind, that, in order to be through much sorrow. About fifteen more useful in winning souls, he years ago, he lost by death his muchought to become a local preacher. beloved wife, after long and severe * The Rov. Amos Learoyd, then sta. suffering. Four years bad elapsed tioned in the Oldham Circuit, coming when he lost one of his daughters, to preach at Delph, and calling upon and a second died abont five years Mr. Bentley, the latter opened his afterwards. These bereavements be mind to him on the subject. Mr. Lea- found to be " fiery trials,” but he loro roya, knowing him well, and thinking them with Christian submission to the
Divine will, his grief being moderated arrived. After conducting family wor. by the knowledge that they who were ship, on retiring to rest, he wished his thus taken from him were prepared daughters “Good night,” which were for their great change, and died in his last words. He died in peace on peace. His own health now gave the following morning, January 30th, way, but there was no murmuring nor 1869, in the seventy-second year of his repining at the Lord's dealings with age. It is remarkable that his only him : he firmly believed the truth he brother closed a long Christian life, bad so long preached to others,—that after a brief illness, just four hours. though“many are the afflictions of the and a half before him. The two were: righteous,” yet “the Lord delivereth buried in the same grave, at the same him out of them all.” He gradually time, in Saddleworth ; a large conbecame very feeble, but met his class course of people being present to till within a few days of his death. witness the unusual and solemni The hour of his departure at length spectacle.
JUNE 22nd, 1872.-At Little Hay his customers that if they would come House, near Shenstone, Mr. Joseph to his house on Sunday evenings, he Ellis, in the eighty-fourth year of his would himself read to them a sermon, age. He was converted to God in his This he did often while his hearers youth, and at once dedicated his drank their beer and smoked their talents and gifts to the Lord and His pipes. But the work of God in Mr. service. It was in connection with Ellis's hands grew stronger ; a chapel Belmont-row chapel, Birmingham, that was needed, and in a few months he - he was brought to a knowledge of the succeeded, with some trifling help, in truth and began to meet in class. erecting one on his own property. It After his marriage he removed to the was crowded by people coming & village of Little Hay, having become distance of four or five miles. Con. the proprietor of a Boarding-school versions took place. Among his pupils there. He had for some time previous and neighbours a class was formed, of been a local preacher. He soon began which he became the leader. He to feel in his new sphere the need of invited the aid of local preachers from sach means of grace as he had enjoyed the nearest Circuits, and in due time in the town of his birth. The place Little Hay was put on the Burton-onof worship nearest to his residence was Trent Circuit plan. He usually took the parish church, but at that date three Sundays in the month in bis own the Gospel was not held forth in it to pulpit; and lived to see some of his sinful men. He felt much for the persecutors converted to God, and villagers, whom he saw engaged in all dying in the faith of the Lord Jesus.. kinds of secular pursuits on the Lord's Not content with pulpit-work only, he day, to the utter neglect of their visited the cottagers from house to: souls. He was concerned also for the house. The writer has often accomreligious welfare of the young people panied him on such visits, and has under his roof, and after due considera- heard him state that there was hardly: tion opened his school-room for preach. a cottage within a given circle, which ing. It was soon filled by the cottagers, he had not visited in the course of his who wished to hear the schoolmaster duty, and in which he had not offered preach. This roused the opposition of up prayer. His last affliction was the curate, the gentry, and beer-house short, but it found him ready. He keepers. One of the latter promised would frequently cause the 121st
psalm to be read to him. On one faith in Jesus was simple yet strong, cccasion he said, “I have trusted in and when death came she had no fear: the atonement of Christ for more than she bent to the sickle like "& shock of sixty years, and while that remains oorn fully ripe for the garner." J.P. I am safe.” He was a fine example of what an earnest worker may do as a
February 2nd.-Ann, the beloved lay Home-missionary in the spiritually. wife of Mr. Joseph Garside, of needy districts of our land. Almost Selby. For more than forty years she his last words were, “ Come Jesus, and
was a devout and earnest member of take me home."
the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. In
early life she promised a dying sister September 17th, 1873.-At Woodend, "to meet her in heaven," and, faithful near Walsall, Mrs. Myring, in the to that yow, she immediately sought ninety-seventh year of her age. From and obtained “the washing of regea child she was well disposed towards neration, and renewing of the Holy religion and religious people. She was
Ghost.” Her after-life evidenced the regularly taken to the parish church, reality of the change; all her powers and after her marriage continued to
were devoted to the promotion of God's attend its services, but was a stranger glory and the weal of others. At the to the joys of vital godliness. In the
means of grace her attendance was year 1838, she was induced to attend unvarying. Her knowledge of Methothe Methodist preaching
in the dism was intimate, and her love for it school-room of Mr. Ellis, of Little Hay, intense ; many have learnt valuable and also in the chapel that was after
lessons from her clear views and wards built on his land. Here, having godly zeal. As a wife she was wise, been led to see her lost condition, and loving, and trustful, evincing a strong to feel the plague of her own heart, mind and great force of character. she soon found the peace in believing She rendered long and efficient service in Jesus which she had so long sought, as a collector for missions and a tractbut which till now she knew not how distributor, being ever ready to devote to find. She joined the small Society, both time
and means to the cause of and seldom was she missed from her Christ. Her Christian experience was seat in the chapel till she became too mature and varied. During a long infirm to walk, being then nearly affliction her trust in her Heavenly ninety-five years old. She had to Father was firm; God's comforts endure the scoffs of some of those near delighted her soul amidst intense mento her, but she had made up her mind tal distress and physical pain. A few to win heaven at whatever cost. She weeks before her death she was able was a woman of a meek and quiet to attend her class, when she gave a spirit. The cause of God in the clear testimony to the power of Divine village lay near her heart; and, so far grace. She also gave ber husband the as she was able, she contributed towards most satisfactory assurances of her the conversion of the Jews and the reliance upon her Saviour for salvation, Heathen. She outlived most of her and her bright prospect of eternal life children, and when reminded by a and bliss. With her “tribulation, friend of her great age, “ Yes,” she re- worked patience ; patience, experience ; plied, "God has been indeed good to and experience, hope." Her end was me, and I am waiting His own good very sudden, but she was quite safe, time to call me to His home.” Her for she had "walked with God."
LONDON : PRINTED BY WILLIAN NICHOLA, DOXTON SQUARE.