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respectable circuits which are usually honoured with the residence of the President, is worthy of being placed on record.
Brief extracts from Mr. E.'s diary and correspondence will most concisely convey to the reader the history of this period.
“Sat. Sept. 19.-My mind has been deeply impressed this day with the necessity of living nearer to God. As I am now filling the highest station in the Connexion, I ought to be more humble, holy, meek, spiritual, and heavenly in my temper;—more a man of God: and I find a strong desire for it. I must,-through grace, I will,— be a man of one business only, having a single eye, a pure intention to please God in every thing great and small. Lord, help me!
“ Thurs. Oct. 29.-Ī laid the foundation-stone of a new chapel in Bradford Street, Deritend. A great number of people attended. A solemn sense of the divine presence seemed to rest upon their minds.
“ Tues. Nov. 1.–Never were my head and hands so full of public concerns as now.
Since the Conference I have been at Liverpool, Warwick, Worcester, Loughborough, Wednesbury, and Evesham; and to-morrow, if God will, I go to London on public business. My correspondence too is extensive, and often of a nature that requires deep thought. I am astonished at the accumulation of the business of the President, since I was in office before. Hitherto, however, the Lord hath helped
“ Nov. 14.-Received a letter from Mr. Kershaw, stating that a clergyman in Norfolk, a Very Reverend Dean, refuses to bury a child, because he was baptized by a Methodist Preacher. Referred the case to the Committee of Privileges.
“Nov. 29.—Received a letter from the Rev. T. Rowe, of the Lynn Circuit. Dean Wood has at last buried the child, in consequence of the following letter from the Bishop of Norwich to Mr. Rowe, in reply to a communication made by him to the bishop on that subject.
Days,” says Job, “should speak, and multitude of years teach wisdom." How far Dean Wood
to the truth of this remark as applicable to me, I dare not venture peremptorily to decide; but I am inclined to believe from the intercourse which has passed between us upon former occasions that he will not be indisposed to pay some deference to a brother clergyman, who is now in the eighty-second year of his age; and I have no hesitation in stating most unequivocally what that opinion is.
“The decision of so well-informed a civilian as Sir John Nichol, justifies, I think, any Minister of the Established Church, in pursuing that line of conduct towards Dissenters of aīl denominations, which candour, and meekness, and moderation, and Christian charity must make him anxious to pursue, upon all occasions ; especially upon so interesting a one as that mentioned in your letter; and in behalf of an individual belonging to a sect of a character remarkably peaceful, pious, and inoffensive.
• Be so kind as to shew the Dean what I have written. He may perhaps be induced to attend to my suggestion.
&c. H. NORWICH.' • How worthy of an aged Christian bishop is this language."
In a letter to his son William, having mentioned his numerous official engagements, he adds:
“It gives me pleasure to hear that you and Mary are well, that your souls prosper, and also that the work of God advances. The best of all is,' to have ‘God with us.' Go on in the name of the Lord. Walk with God. Get more religion every day. See Phil. iii. 13, 14. *This one thing I do.' Labour to do good. I am glad you go from house to house in a pastoral way. It is injurious for a preacher to visit the people for mere chitchat, and to spend hours in that way in company; but it is exceedingly profitable to visit them in order to edify them by religious conversation and prayer. Sometimes a ten minutes' visit does more good to an individual or family than ten good sermons; and the sermons afterwards do them more good, in consequence of the visit.”
On the 27th of December, at the request of the Rev. Hugh Carter and several respectable official members of the Society, Mr. E. visited Coventry,—the whole circuit
· I am,
being thrown into agitation and disorder by a faction. He met the Local Preachers, Leaders, and Stewards, and endeavoured to compose the differences, and to restore order and peace. He had reason to hope that his visit was productive of some good, although he expressed on his return little hope with respect to the refractory officials. He remarks upon this case, and another melancholy instance of disunion and strife at Wisbeach ; —“ It appears to me that Satan is stirring up strife and contention in various parts of the connexion through the medium of some of the Local Preachers. That excellent body is in danger of being put out of joint by a few of its members in several places. Lord, stop the evil !
He adds :-“ Never did I so fully understand the burden arising from the care of all the churches.''
On the 15th of April, 1826, he took his usual annual review of his course with a more than ordinary degree of solemnity, gratitude, holy joy, and renewed devotedness. The following are extracts :
" This is my birth-day. Early this morning I entered upon my 60th year! Scarcely can I believe it. How imperceptibly do years roll round! How large a portion of my time is gone! Should I live to the age of man, (which is very uncertain, nor do I reckon upon it) I have only ten years to remain in this world. Eternity is here ! 0 may I live for eternity.
· I feel the need of an increase of grace in order to pass through all the work before me in the next four months. London, Kent, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the two Conferences, at Dublin and Liverpool, &c. rise before mind like a dense cloud, and produce an involuntary sigh. However, as I am called to these things in the order of Divine Providence, surely the Lord will be my strong helper. I will trust in him, and do good.
“This morning I enjoy a calmness and sweetness of mind which I would not barter for the world. I seem to have the will and the power to surrender my all to God, and an inexpressible confidence in him as my GOD and MY ALL.
The words of the Psalmist well express my present feelings, • Return unto thy rest, O
ту soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.'
“And now, O Lord my God, ineffably glorious Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,-on my bended knees do
I venture solemnly to renew former engagements with thee. I renounce myself in thy awful presence. I engage to deny myself, and to offer myself entirely to Thee, a living sacrifice.
Here then to Thee thy own I leave;
Mould as thou wilt thy passive clay;
But let me all thy words obey :
Having been requested to take a part in the religious services connected with the Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, Mr. E. went up to London, preached at Spitalfields Chapel on Sunday morning, April 30th, and in the evening at Great Queen street Chapel, and attended the meeting on Monday, May 1st.—The following week he spent with his brother-in-law, the Rev. Henry Moore, whose appointment he took at City Road Chapel, on Sunday Morning, May 7th, on which occasion he makes the following memorandum.
Sun. 7.—Preached at City Road at ten, after which Mr. Moore and I administered the Lord's Supper. This is the first time Methodist Preachers, (unless they were clergymen of the Established Church,) were allowed to administer that sacred ordinance in the New Chapel, City Road. Many communicants attended.”
In the latter part of May, Mr. E. attended the Welsh District Meeting at Llanidlos. He was much pleased with the piety and zeal of the Welsh preachers, and with the warm affection and simplicity of the people.
After spending one week at home, he again departed on his long tour through Scotland and Ireland ; calling upon his old frieuds at Bradford and Leeds by the way. At half.past five on Tuesday morning, June 13, he proceeded by coach from Leeds to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, under which date the following characteristic memorandum occurs During the time the passengers were breakfasting at Harrogate, I retired into a beautiful serpentine walk, amongst shady trees, and there enjoyed my God, and renewed my vows and promises to live to him."
His journal proceeds :-“At eight o'clock, arrived at
Newcastle, and was kindly received by Mr. and Mrs. Daglish. Wed. 14.–Visited the Orphan-house. On Thursday, took coach for Dunbar; and on Friday, 16th, arrived at Edinburgh.
“Sat. 17—.A tossing night.—Better this morning. My soul breathes after God. I am his—he is mine. give myself to him alone. O may my visit to this city be useful. May I walk with God. O may I not for want of talent or piety dishonour a good cause. May I be enabled on the morrow to make full proof of my ministry.
“I think, hitherto, I have suffered no loss by continual travelling, change of company, &c. I am more and more impressed with the necessity of living within the vail. My soul prospers. I have been enabled to converse profitably. Surely God is with me, and I do believe he will bless me to this people. My soul bows before the Lord. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints is this grace given. O what love! Two things preserve me from undue elation; 1. a deep sense of unworthiness : 2. an awful sense of responsibility to God. At the same time I am preserved from discouragement, by a persuasion that I am fixed in my office by the Lord, and that he will be my helper. On his aid I rely. O may I be grateful, humble, and faithful.
“Sun. 18.— I preached at Edinburgh, at eleven o'clock this morning to a large and attentive congregation, on Ephesians ii. 8. There appeared to be a good feeling amongst the people. Indeed I had no expectation that the Scotch people would have felt so much as they appeared to do while I was speaking of a present salvation. But I have observed that if any thing can move the human mind, that doctrine will do it.
“ Mon. 19.—Mr. Grindrod and I, with other preachers, had a pleasant ride in a safety coach from Edinburgh to Glasgow; all the luggage was under our feet. I am entertained at Mr. Richard Thompson's, once a travelling preacher, now a local preacher and a steady friend. This city contains nearly 200,000 inhabitants. Its appearance at a mile's distance was much like that of Manchester; the smell also, and smoke from numerous factory chimneys. The streets are wide and spacious, and the houses well-built and very high. The streets are crowded with people. Most of the women, unless above