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chandeliers is engraved, .To live is Christ, to die is gain ;' with Mr. Grimshaw's name, &c. On the baptismal font, 'I indeed baptise with water,' &c. He built the Methodist chapel, on which his name is engraved on a stone, with his favourite motto, “For me to live is Christ,' &c. Since then, the chapel has been enlarged twice. What hath God wrought ! My soul burned with desire to imitate Mr. Grimshaw's pious zeal.”
On the 17th of July, he set off, accompanied by Mrs. Entwisle for London, to attend the Conference. During its sittings he was kindly entertained by Mrs. Tooth, of Hoxton Square, and her accomplished daughters.
On the 19th he sat for his portrait, one of the most irksome tasks which could be assigned to him. My mind," he observes, was preserved in a devout and prayerful state.” This painting was executed by Renton, and engraved for the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine for 1826. It is a tolerable likeness, but wanting in expression. The engraving which accompanies this volume is taken from this painting.
On the 31st, the Conference commenced. The Rev. Dr. Clarke was elected President, and the Rev. Robert Newton, Secretary. This Conference is memorable for a long and animated debate on Ordination by the Imposition of hands; called forth by a motion made by the Rev. Walter Griffith,—that the Imposition of Hands should be used on the admission of Preachers into Full Connexion with the Conference,
Considerable difference of opinion on this subject prevailed amongst the preachers. On one point indeed all were agreed,—that the old method of admitting into Full Connexion had all the essentials of Scriptural ordi. nation, and that its validity was not to be questioned. But some contended for the Imposition of hands as a circumstance which was sanctioned by Scriptural precedents and the usage of the ancient church, and which would add much to the solemnity and impressiveness of the ordinance.
Others objected to the proposed change, chiefly on the ground that the peace of the Body would be endangered ;—that it would be unwise, for the sake of a mere circumstance, respecting which there was considerable difference of opinion, to risk the peace of the Connexion;
and that upon the whole, it was inexpedient to make any change for the present.
Mr. Entwisle was one of those who opposed the measure; a course which was extremely painful to him, as he entertained a high respect for the excellent minister by whom it was advocated; but one to which he was compelled by his conscientious convictions of duty. In doing this, he referred to the unhappy and injurious agitation of the Connexion in the years 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, &c. on questions of much higher moment, and deprecated the needless introduction of any thing new which might give rise to similar disputes and disunion.
After an animated discussion of some length, in which most of the men of influence took a part, the matter ended without a vote.
At this Conference an additional preacher was granted to the Bradford Circuit; Mr. Entwisle was appointed to labour there a third year; and the Rev. Messrs. John Rigg and George Tindale were his colleagues. The Conference having closed its sittings on the 14th of August, he rejoiced to be relieved of its business and cares, and to resume his beloved work of preaching Christ among the people of his charge. he says, “I sit in this lovely retired spot, [his study] to meditate, pray, and praise. Glory be to God. My dear friends receive me again with great affection, and a spirit of prayer for me and my colleagues seems to prevail amongst the people. I trust we shall have a good year. My soul pants to know and to make known the heights and depths of love divine. I am making new engagements with the Lord to give him my heart, my life, my all. I am now entering on my third year's labour in this circuit; probably, even if I should be spared for some years, it will be my last in Bradford Circuit. 0 may I obtain mercy
of the Lord to be found faithful in his work. Amen.
Shortly after his return from the Conference, Mr. Entwisle, assisted by his colleagues, had the pleasure of laying the foundation stone of a chapel at Dudley Hill, a place not more than a mile and a half distant from · Bradford, where there was a Society of not less than two hundred and fifty members, without a chapel. The following month he visited Leeds, and preached
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two sermons in connexion with the ninth Anniversary of the Leeds District Auxiliary Missionary Society. He remarks on this occasion : -“ O what changes since I left this circuit in 1794 ! Very few of my old friends remain: I did not see more than six ! Ah! how soon, according to the course of things, shall I also gather up my feet, and sleep with my fathers. Mr. Baxter observes,— It is a great work to learn to die safely and comfortably, even the work of all our lives: my turn is near, and this preparation is my study. But it is the communication of life, light, and love from heaven that must make all effectual, and draw up our hearts, and make us ready; for which I daily wait on God, at the brink of the grave and door of eternity.””
On the following day, Monday, Oct. 20th, he attended the Public Meeting:
“Several excellent speeches were delivered; interesting statements were made; and a good Christian feeling was evident. There was a little display, and some real oratory; but perhaps too much desire in some to appear eloquent. My principal, if not only fear is, lest a false taste should be created among our young people by the flaming, figurative style of those who take a world of pains to get up speeches. At any rate, the danger is of sufficient magnitude to induce in pious minds watchfulness against the evil. If the simple character of Methodist preaching be lost, the glory will depart from us.
On Sun. Dec. 8, Mr. E. preached at Clayton Heights, morning and afternoon; and at Horton at night. He had prepared for these services with great care. In the evening at Horton, five minutes before the time of commencing the service, the sermon he had prepared was completely taken from him; nor did he find a power to fix upon any other subject. I seemed,” he
says, “perfectly at a stand. My soul cried to God for help. Rom. viii. 1, was brought to my mind. I have often preached on that text, but not lately: nor did I find any power to arrange a method of enlarging upon it. All I felt to encourage me was, confidence in God that he would help me. I went into the pulpit: the congregation was large. I cast myself on the Lord, and implored his aid; and he was pleased to assist me rather out of the common way. I hope some good was done. The
Lord has made me deeply sensible this evening of the truth recorded 2 Cor. iii. 5. O may I feel equally my own insufficiency, and that my sufficiency is of God.”
“Dec. 21.—This week I have read with much spiritual profit the Life of Mr. Benson. The extracts from his Journal especially have been made useful to me. I could see the man as he really was in private with his God. Often was he discouraged, both as a Christian and a preacher. While applauded by listening thousands who heard his eloquent sermons, he often retired and humbled himself before God, under a deep sense of his defects. One thing has impressed my mind: he often observes, that had he lived nearer to God, and prayed more, he should have been more useful as a preacher. Others, who like Mr. B. have been eminent for piety, gifts, and usefulness, have made similar reflections. May I improve by their remarks. It is my desire. I often resolve; but make little out either as a Christian or a preacher. O for more of the spirit of prayer.'
Jan. 25, 1823, my father received a letter from my brother John, dated Baltimore, Nov. 20. Not having heard from him for thirteen months, during which time the yellow fever had made fearful ravages in Baltimore, he had felt many fears respecting him. It was a great relief, to learn that he was alive and well; and that having obtained an income which supported him comfortably, he was happily married.
The following valuable advices to his son William, occur in a letter dated March 6, 1823 :
“Let me advise you, William, to give yourself continually unto prayer.' In your vacant hours be much with God under the fig-tree. You will find this will turn to good account. The light and knowledge acquired in that way are of a divine character. Some eminent divines have declared that they have obtained more knowledge upon their knees in half an hour than in long study and much reading. Those preachers are generally most useful,-certainly most happy in their own minds —who maintain the closest walk with God. Grotius regretted on his death-bed the time he had spent in laborious trifling, and wished he could change with J. Urick, a pious man who spent eight hours every day in meditation and prayer. My William, your father is endeavouring to do what he recommends to you.”
The visits of Mr. Entwisle's “ old friend,” the rheumatism, becoming more and more frequent and protracted, he was recommended by a medical gentleman of considerable professional skill, to spend a few weeks at Buxton, and try its celebrated waters. It is questionable whether he could have been induced to do this by the prospect of mere relief from suffering, to which he had become inured, and which he had found so salutary in its operation; but the complaint having now begun to interfere seriously with the discharge of his ministerial duties, the hope of again becoming efficient was a powerful inducement to adopt the recommendation of his friend. He therefore repaired to Buxton with Mrs. E. in the beginning of June, and spent a fortnight there. He thus expresses himself after his arrival :-“I came to this place not for the sake of retirement or pleasure, but with the sole intention, if the Lord will, to use the waters here, with a view to future labours in his vineyard. I value health and life only for the honour of God, and for the good of my family and the church. It is a cross to me to suspend my regular labours. I love
Master's work better than ever, and long to be wholly in it. If it were my Lord's will, I should like to realize what the poet expresses,
“My body with my charge lay down,
And cease at once to work and live, However, I am in the hands of God. Let him do with me as seemeth him good. Only may I obtain mercy to be found faithful. My purpose is to live and die to Christ alone.”
Sun. June 15, Mr. E. preached at Buxton: the congregation was large and attentive : his subject was Justification by Faith. Many invalids from distant places who were in quest of health, were present; some of whom appeared to be unused to the public worship of the Methodists. “ With a view to these,” Mr. E. says, “I endeavoured to be as explicit as possible in explaining the subject: and being persuaded that some present had long heard our preaching, and yet were not justified, I. pressed on them the necessity not only of a clear understanding of the doctrine, but also of an experimental knowledge of the truth of it. I hope some good might