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deemer—this was the thirty-eighth anniversary: henceforth the day was invested with additional solemnity and interest. He entertained a profound respect for that truly great and good man, and felt deeply on the occasion of his death, the account of which he inserted in his journal; adding “A great man is fallen in Israel.” Five days later, he received intelligence of the departure of the Rev. Samuel Taylor, one of his earliest religious friends, with whom an intimate friendship had been established before he came out to travel. This event affected him the more, as Mr. Taylor was his junior in the itinerant work by three years. Three days after, he learned that the Rev. Samuel Gates was taken, who had been one of his colleagues at York, in 1799. The following Sunday evening he improved the death of Mr. Benson by a funeral sermon in Bradford Chapel. His text was Rev. ii. 10. He observes on the occasion:-“The congregation was large and attentive. It was a solemn and affecting time. I was almost unfitted for my work by my own feelings. The death of Mr. Benson and others has made a deep impression on my mind. Few of my seniors are now left in the work, and many of my juniors are gone to their reward. I see, I feel,—the necessity of being fully ready. It seems to me an awful thing for a Methodist Preacher to give up his account. Yet I have no fear—no doubt. If I know any thing, I know this, that my whole dependence for salvation is upon Jesus— Jesus died for me:' and I have an inward evidence, that “the Father has made me meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light.' O for more spirituality of mind; more of heaven upon earth."
Mr. Entwisle's labours at this time were “more abundant,” in consequence of the general revival of religion throughout the circuit, and the large accession of new converts which took place almost daily. The following are specimens of his ordinary work.
“Sun. March 11.- Preached at Low Moor in the morning; a gracious season. Administered the Lord's Supper. Many of our young converts attended with great seriousness and devotion. In the afternoon I preached a funeral sermon for Mr. Benson, met two classes, and joined fourteen new members. Preached at Horton in the evening; the congregation was very large,
and I was much assisted while explaining and improving Phil. iii
. 8. Afterwards, I met a large class. Returned home late, wearied in body, happy in mind.
“ This has been a good day. Blessed be the Lord. The great religious concern which has taken place lately in various parts of this circuit, and which appears to be spreading more and more, certainly is of God. O may the Lord pour out his Spirit yet more abundantly, and may I receive my own portion of it. My heart is in my work, and I find a great increase of fervour and zeal, but often feel, especially after great exertions on the Lord's day, that such labours are wearing me out.
I feel that I am going down the hill. Well, through grace, while I can, I will labour for the glory of God, and the good of souls.
“ Mon, 12.—Preached at Bradford. Tues. 13.-Met classes. Wed. 14.—Met classes : joined fifteen new members in one class this evening. The Lord is making bare his holy arm. Thurs.—Preached at Farsley: here also the Lord is reviving his work. Frid.—Preached at Bank-foot.
“Sun. 18.—Low Moor, morning and afternoon. Admitted thirty new members. Bradford, evening. Mon. 19.—Preached and met classes at Manningham; employed three hours. In this place also the Lord is carrying on his work. Tues.—Met elasses in Bradford, and admitted thirteen new members. O what a concern is excited in the minds of the people for their salvation. Wed.-Low Moor. Large and attentive congregation. Surely the Lord is doing wonders in this place. Thurs. - White Abbey.
Here too sinners are awakened and turned unto the Lord. Frid.-Horton. God is at work here.” Thus was his time constantly filled and thus did the Lord every where gladden his heart with abundant success.
The writer of this Memoir, being strongly impressed with a conviction that he was called to the work of the Christian ministry, and being urged by certain highly respected friends, who were of opinion that his constitution was too delicate for the frequent exposure and unceasing toils of a Methodist Travelling Preacher, to go into the Established Church,—a step to which he was not at all inclined,-mentioned this recommendation in
a letter to his father, and begged the favour of his views on the subject. The following was his reply :-“ Now with regard to the Church.—If you be fully satisfied in your own mind, and it be your choice, I should not like to oppose you in it. But two things are objections in
1. Some clergymen with whom I am intimate, are very friendly to me personally, and are glad to enjoy my society, and yet really dare not come to hear me. They are in this respect in bondage. 2. A few preachers' sons who have got into orders, appear to be complete clerical coxcombs. There is one at (son of - -,) who even travelled one year, that holds in perfect contempt as illiterate and ignorant, the Methodist Preachers. He lately expressed his astonishment to a gentleman, that he should connect himself with the Methodists, and said much about the preachers as illiterate. “Why,' said the gentleman, "you know Mr. J. that many of the preachers have not had your advantages; —they never were at Kingswood School.' If I thought my Joseph were capable of ever drinking into such a spirit, I had rather be swept the streets for a living, than that he should be a clergyman. I do not, however, suppose,
that will ever be the case with you." For some weeks my father had suffered so much pain in his head, accompanied with dizziness, oppression in his forehead, great heaviness, and frequent trembling of the eye-lids, that he thought himself in danger of apoplexy. Having risen early in the morning of April 12, after a wakeful night, while engaged in prayer, his nose began to bleed profusely. This effort of nature greatly relieved his head, and perhaps saved him from apoplexy; but it left him in a dull and enfeebled state. He remarks on the occasion :
“I am inclined to think that there is a predisposition in my make and temperature to apoplexy, and that it is probable, that in that way I shall, sometime or other, depart this life; and therefore I will set my house in order,' as soon as possible, and have all my accounts of my own affairs and those of the schools in such a state, that if I should be suddenly called home, as little inconvenience as possible may be experienced by survivors. I have examined myself, and am satisfied of two things, viz. 1. That I can trust my soul and its everlasting in
terests into the hands of Christ Jesus, my Lord. I rest on him as my foundation. 2. My mind is in such a state and temper, that I can be happy in heaven in the contemplation, worship, and enjoyment of God. I give thanks unto the Father, who hath made me meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light. The pure, holy employments and enjoyments of the heavenly state my soul delights in. The exertion of body and mind I have lately had, has been too much for me. The sword is too keen for the scabbard. O Lord, I am the clay, thou art the potter. I leave myself in thy hand. O never leave me nor forsake me. In thee will I trust."
The time now arrived when he was to visit Ireland agreeably to the appointment of the Conference. He had wished to be excused, on account of the large accession of new converts in his own circuit, requiring unce
nceasing vigilance and pastoral attention. “I am endeavouring, ” he says in a letter to Mr. Hanwell, “ to get off my tour through Ireland. I think I cannot be spared, and shall be more useful at home than abroad. My calling seems to be, to fag at my regular work, rather than to go and make a splash elsewhere." He found, however, that he could not be excused, and set off for Ireland on Tuesday, June 19, by way of Chester, St. Asaph, Bangor Ferry, and Carnarvon; at which last mentioned place he attended the Welsh District Meeting, on Friday, the 22nd. The following day he crossed the channel, and reached Dublin in the afternoon. A few extracts from his journal and correspondence at this period, may interest the reader.
• Dublin, Sun. June 24.—Rose early, refreshed with sleep. At seven o'clock, heard Mr. Doolittle at the old chapel, White Friars street. The congregation was large and attentive, and some profitable observations were made by the preacher. Several things pleased me. 1. The chapel. It is a square building; the gallery and roof supported by large pillars, which give it an antique appearance. It is sixty-nine years since it was erected. There are no pews, (except the Steward's pew,) but forms, with a rail to support the back. 2. The deep seriousness of the people through the whole service. 3. After the first prayer, a verse was sung, and no one sat down till the text was read. They stood in silent,
solemn attention, as if to hear the Lord God speak to them. As soon as the text was read the first time, they all sat down. 4. After prayer, before the last singing, the stewards went about to make the collection; and every one, I believe, gave something. This was for the poor. They make a collection at every public service on the Lord's day. 5. The chapel is in as clean a state as one can conceive. There is a good preacher's house, but it is quite enclosed in a yard, something like that at Norfolk street, Sheffield. In the front of the chapel is the widows' house, containing twelve rooms, in which twenty-four poor widows live, as at Spitalfields. Over the chapel
, is a large Band-room, that will hold some hundreds of persons; and about a dozen rooms for classes; also the residence of the chapel-keeper. The whole presents a fine specimen of a primitive Methodist chapel. How the poor Methodists in the year 1752 could raise such a building, is surprising. We may truly say, What hath God wrought?
“At twelve, Mr. Doolittle began to read prayers at the new chapel, and I preached. This is called the morning service. By twelve, the chapel was nearly full, and by half-past twelve, crowded; it looked like an elegant London congregation. At seven, I preached at White Friars street, to a large and attentive congregation.
“ Mon. 25.—The streets of this city are wide and spacious; the houses well-built and lofty; the squares larger than those in London; one of them is a mile round, the houses uniform and well-built: in the centre they were making hay,--a pleasant sight in a large city. Much as I had heard of the beauty of this city, it exceeds all my expectations. The College, the Bank, (formerly the Parliament House, the Lying-in Hospital, and other public buildings, are far superior to those in London; and the Custom House is said to be the largest and most elegant in Europe. There is all the bustle of London here. Gentlemen's and noblemen's carriages rolling about, and hackney coaches, sociables, and cars without number. Yesterday, in going to and from the chapel, I saw crowds in the streets of all sorts and sizes :fine gentlemen, fine ladies, tawdry ones, men ragged and bare legged, one without shirt, with his arms and most of his body bare through rags ;-numbers of women, old and young,