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and afternoon-ministrations of the same character with those under which he sat in early youth,-escape from which he accounted one of the greatest mercies of his life,-tended to cast a gloom over his Sunday evenings in the New Meeting. It was a great relief in many respects when the enlargement of the chapel in Cherry street was completed, and the necessary arrangements made for the re-opening. This took place on Friday, Oct. 31st, when the Rev. Robert Newton, (now D.D.) preached in the morning and evening, and the Rev. R. Watson in the afternonn. On the following Sunday, Nov. 2, the Rev. R. Watson preached in the morning, and the Rev. Dr. Bunting in the afternoon and evening. The collections amounted to £333; £1700 having been previously subscribed. The new sittings were soon let, and it was not long before there was a demand for more. A new impulse was given to Methodism, and a general expectation was excited among the members, of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and revival of religion in the town.
As Mr. E. became better acquainted with the moral condition and habits of the population of Birmingham, he was more and more concerned for their salvation, and felt a yearning compassion for the perishing multitude. He adopted the Psalmist's words—“Horror hath taken hold upon me, hecause of the wicked that forsake thy law.” “ It is time for thee, Lord, to work, for they have made void thy law.” "My mind” he says, Dec. 20, “ has been quite oppressed this week with a view of the state of the inhabitants of this town. It is said that eighty thousand of them, upon a moderate calculation, seldom if ever attend public worship. Eighty thousand heathens in Birmingham ! O Lord, arise and maintain thy own cause, and let thy right hand and holy arm get thee the victory. I find an increasing desire to exert myself to do good. But who is sufficient for these things ! May the Lord pour out his Holy Spirit upon the people!”
In a letter to his son William, dated Jan. 20, 1824, he says of his engagements and prospects :
“In this circuit I have less preaching and less travelling than I have had for many years. But I have many interruptions by persons calling—sometimes thirty
in a day, besides various concerns of the whole District; and I have written at least 400 letters since I came to this town. I also go much about, visiting the sick and well :not dining out; that occurs but seldom here ;but paying pastoral visits. This I find is attended with great good. It is my delight to read, and study, and pray, and preach, and visit.
“Our congregations are large and attentive : our society increases ; and we have a prospect of seeing good days. I suffer much from rheumatism, am often nearly lame, and have broken nights; yet my general health is good, and I am always happy in my soul, and content.”
Considerable agitation existing in some parts of the Hull Circuit at that time, he added the following advices on that subject :—“Mark Robinson's plan of Lay Delegates to the Conference, is only the plan of Kilham revived. My William, let me advise you not to dispute with them: be deaf and dumb. If they say the preachers are high, indolent, &c. improve what they say. Live down aspersions. Give yourself continually to prayer and the ministry of the word.' 'Let your profiting appear unto all.'
• Be an example to believers,' &c. and * let no man despise thy youth. There is a danger of losing our primitive spirit and glory: let the remarks even of enemies be improved to prevent it.”
About this time an event occurred which deeply affected Mr. Entwisle's mind, which he thus briefly records in his journal :
“ Death comes very near. On Tuesday, Jan. 27th, Dr. Taft found himself rather indisposed, but preached at Essex street in the evening. On Wednesday afternoon he felt himself ill.
On Thursday morning, at six o'clock, he sent for medical aid, and was bled. On Friday, I saw him, and he had then no apprehension of great danger. Towards nine o'clock alarming symptoms appeared, and at ten minutes before twelve, he entered into rest. To mo this event has a loud voice. also ready.' O may I live for eternity.”
Nearly twelve months before Mr. Entwisle went to the Birmingham Circuit, some misunderstandings had arisen among the conductors of the Methodist Sunday Schools, which issued in a division, and the establishment
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of rival schools. He was much concerned to find, shortly after his arrival, a most unhappy state of feeling arising out of this circumstance. The most respectable families in the society being actively engaged in the Sunday Schools, the spirit of disunion which prevailed in the latter, inevitably extended to the former. Party spirit ran high. To a lover of peace this state of things was extremely painful. It presented, too, a most formidable obstacle to the progress of the work of God. Little good could be expected to result from the ministry of the word, while the professed followers of the Prince of Peace were at variance one with another. Mr. Entwisle therefore, set his heart upon the re-establishment of peace and union. And when he had been long enough upon the ground to acquaint himself with the men he had to deal with, and with the case in all its bearings, and to acquire that influence which his character, when understood, uniformly gave him,-he set himself to work to accomplish his design. He held frequent conversations with the leading men on both sides; met the two hostile committees several times, drew up a plan of pacification between them; and, after many sleepless nights and toilsome days, during which hope and fear as to the issue alternately prevailed, he ultimately succeeded, -notwithstanding a temporary opposition from some men of extreme views on both sides,-in establishing a permanent peace on a satisfactory basis.
The Rev. Richard Watson who had visited Birmingham on the Missionary service during the agitation of this question, and with whom my father frequently corresponded, thus remarks on the settlement of the disputes: “ Your arrangement as to the Schools is important, and the only cure of all the evils of combination and separate government. You have accomplished a great thing for Birmingham."
It was not many days after the plan was agreed upon for composing these painful differences and restoring peace to the society, that my father was called to the exercise of faith and resignation by intelligence of a serious accident, by which the life of his son the Rev W. Entwisle was endangered. The Rev. A. E. Farrar having gone to Hull to preach occasional sermons, my brother supplied his place in the Leeds Circuit. As he was
riding to Headingley, Mr. F.'s appointment on Thursday, April 29th, he was violently thrown from his horse, and was found on the road side in a state of insensibility. No bone had been broken, but the violent concussion of the head occasioned by the fall exposed the brain to much danger. For six hours he remained in a state of perfect insensibility, from which he was roused with difficulty by an application which gave him extreme pain. For some time it was feared that the accident might prove fatal either to life or reason. It was a merciful arrangement of Divine Providence that it took place within a few yards of a house, inhabited by a Methodist family, who had all heard him preach at Woodhouse the preceding Sunday. One of the daughters was the first person who saw him: having heard him preach, she recognised him, as he lay senseless on the road, and instantly ran to apprize the family. Had the fall taken place a little further off, as the situation was solitary, there is little doubt but he would have died through neglect, or through ignorance to whom he belonged. The family kindly took him in, and sent off to Leeds to the Rev. G. Marsden, who with the Rev. S. Jackson, hastened to the spot; the latter speedily fetching a surgeon, Mr. Samuel Smith, of the Leeds Infirmary, to whose promptitude, skill, and kind gentlemanly attentions, my brother ever considered himself to owe, under God, the preservation of his life and reason.
When fully informed of all the circumstances, my father was deeply affected by this remarkable interposition of Divine Providence in my brother's favour, and by the kindness of the preachers and friends in the Leeds and Hull Circuits, who, during the long affliction induced by this accident, paid him the most affectionate and unremitting attentions. His gratitude to God was heightened by the abounding consolations of the Holy Spirit vouchsafed to William during the many weeks he was laid aside from his work, and the happy influence of the affliction upon his religious experience.
At the ensuing Conference, held in Leeds, Mr. E. was relieved, very much to his own satisfaction, of the irksome secular duties of the Treasurership to the Kingswood and Woodhouse-Grove Schools.
This poundsshillings-and-pence business was altogether uncongenial
to his taste, and his release from it he felt to be like the removal of a heavy burden. “Now," he observes on the occasion, "I have nothing to do, but to read, study, pray, and preach, exercises the most delightful to my soul. O may I be found faithful.”
On the 10th of August the Conference closed in peace: the following evening Mr. Entwisle preached a funeral sermon at York, for his old and esteemed friend, the late Mr. Robert Spence; and calling at Thorner, Barnsley, and Sheffield, hastened home to Birmingham, to resume his beloved employment. The Rev. Messrs. Geo. Smith and William Lord were his colleagues this year.
A few days after his return from the Conference, Mr. E. received the melancholy tidings of the death of his eldest son, Mr. John Pawson Entwisle, who departed this life, at Baltimore, on the 1st of July, after a short illness. The mournful intelligence was communicated through the Rev. R. Reece, by a pious woman at Baltimore, not personally acquainted with my brother, and was too brief and vague to meet all the anxious inquiries which a bereaved parent would wish to propose respecting the nature of his last affliction, the state of mind in which it found him, and the evidence of a Scriptural preparation for the heavenly world. Still the account stated that he had died in peace. My father was deeply affected by this event. His journal contains the following touching record :—"I have just received the doleful tidings from America of the death of my poor John. I feel unutterable things. Ah! my dear son! my firstborn! once my hope and joy !
I trust his soul is saved. "God is my witness that my prayers for him have been incessant. O for resignation ! O my son! my son! Were I certain, as I hope, that he died well, that would satisfy me. I must leave it. Prayer now, I know, is unavailing. I do not wonder that in the dark ages men fell into the error of praying for souls departed."
The result of subsequent inquiries made through the medium of a friend visiting Baltimore, was highly satisfactory, silenced every fear, and confirmed the hope that my brother had obtained mercy and departed in peace. We learned that he died of the yellow fever, which he caught by generously exposing himself in rendering assist