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nal, he adds, “ Ah! how soon survivors will bury my mortal part out of their sight.”
Mr. E. possessed a truly Catholic spirit. While from conviction he was warmly attached to all the distinguishing peculiarities of Methodism, he was free from all that was narrow and sectarian, and sincerely loved all who loved his adorable Saviour: he rejoiced when favoured with opportunities of social intercourse and Christian fellowship with the excellent of other denominations. He mentions in terms of high satisfaction a social religious meeting of this description which he attended at the house of one who had long been distinguished by those catholic and evangelical principles, which have at length originated the noble design, to embody all of every name throughout the world who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth, in an “Evangelical Alliance,"— Thos. Farmer, Esq. “There were present Mr. Thornton and several of his family, Mr. and Mrs. Stocks, of Wakefield, the Rev. Mr. Robins, Rector of
the Rev. Mr. Binney, Independent Minister at the Weigh-house, and others. The subject of conversation was, 'Christ an example of prayer.' It was an admirable meeting. I left it much benefited.”
On Tuesday, July 16, Mr. Entwisle once more visited his native town to attend the Conference, taking Thorner by the way, where he spent Sunday, the 21st. There in the garden endeared by many pleasing and profitable associations, and where he had vowed unto the Lord, and been favoured with many gracious manifestations, he once more renewed his solemn engagements with God.
On Monday, he proceeded to Manchester, where he was kindly entertained during the Conference by his respected friend, G. R. Chappell, Esq.
His visits to his native town in his declining years always awakened feelings of deep solemnity and devotion. “I am a stranger,” he
native town. The associations in my mind are affecting, I call to remembrance former days, when I was first illuminated; and I bless God, the state of my mind this day is better than it was even then. Thirty-two brethren have died since our last Conference. Very few of the elders that outlived Joshua' remain. Four hundred and fifty preachers
are expected to attend: only two older in the work than myself.”
Mr. E. greatly enjoyed this Conference. Every arrangement which kindness and hospitality could suggest had been made for his accommodation. He regularly took breakfast and tea near Oldham Street Chapel, at the house of S. Barker, Esq , brother of his old friends the Rev.Jonathan Barker and the late excellent Mrs. Lomas; his bedroom at Mr. Chappell's was large and airy; and his kind host regularly supplied him with a horse, or found for him and his other guests a coach to convey him to and from the Conference, morning, noon, and night. These kind arrangements, by the blessing of God, prevented that injury which his health usually suffered from the close confinement and constant excitement of Conference. And what was of still higher importance, his spirit was greatly refreshed by intercourse with his brethren, by the public religious services of the season, and the brotherly love which in a more than ordinary degree, characterized all their proceedings. He remarked that he “never saw more of it.” He appears to have been in a most blessed state of mind at the close of the Conference, as will appear from the following extract from his journal :
Sun. Aug. 11.—My mind this morning is calm—in perfect peace, and I feel an intense desire to live to good purpose. Nothing on earth do I desire but to love, serve, and enjoy God, and that I may be useful in the church and in the world. In this solemn place, (at Mr. Chappell's,) all alone, in thy awful, gracious presence, I do offer myself, my all, to thee, my God and Saviour.
My every weak, though good design,
future labours be successful. O may no clouds and darkness arise from a want of simplicity and deep devotedness to God. It is awful to see aged Christians, and especially aged ministers, concluding their days,less spiritual and holy than formerly, and therefore apt to think themselves neglected. A few instances of this kind I have been pained to see But, О how pleasant to see others pursuing 'the noiseless tenor of their way,' and without ostentation, as zealous as ever, bringing forth
abundant fruit in old age. O my God, help me to follow them as they followed Christ. Amen."
On Monday morning, the 12th, Conference closed its sittings, Mr. Entwisle, and his old friend Mr. Reece, having engaged in prayer. On Thursday he arrived at
. Lambeth, grateful for journeying mercies, and to find all well at home. He was now entering upon his third and last year in the fifth London Circuit. This consideration deeply impressed his mind, and, if possible, more firmly fixed his purpose to "give himself continually unto prayer and the ministry of the word."
By a resolution of the late Conference, a Committee of twenty ministers had been appointed “to arrange a plan for the better education of our junior preachers.” Of this Committee, Mr. Entwisle, who had long felt the need of something of the kind, and who had himself proposed a plan to the Conference of 1829, was a member. They met, in pursuance of the above resolution, on Oct. 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th, and 30th, and although “considerable diversity of opinion existed at first,” as Mr. E. states in a letter to his son, “yet all were convinced that some plan of improving the young preachers, was desirable, if not necessary;” and after a careful and protracted consideration of the subject, which presented many difficulties, they at length came to a unanimous understanding and judgment, to recommend to the Conference the establishment of The Wesleyan Institution for the improvement of the young preachers.” “The whole plan, with a preamble drawn up by the Secretaries of the meeting, (Messrs. Hannah and Walton) was to be submitted to the inspection of every member of the Committee, and then circulated through the Connexion."
During the latter part of this year and the early months of 1834, Mr. Entwisle's attention was directed to his next year's appointment by applications from various circuits, among which may be mentioned, Oldham street, Manchester; Bradford, Yorkshire; Liverpool, and Northampton. It was a subject to which he always felt unwilling to turn his attention early, but importunate applications forced it upon him. Some of the preachers to whose judgment he paid great deference assigned various public reasons why he should remain in London. The following thoughts on the subject are found in his journal :
“ At this time of the year there is a great stir amongst our busy people, (especially official men with little piety,) about preachers for next year.
There is a great rage amongst persons of a certain class for 'talented' young men to fill the vacancies in the London Circuits. They have set their minds upon a few very young men who have a talent for speechifying on the platform, and who, by their extraordinary abilities, are to outshine all their competitors, and to let the seats, that the Trustees may be relieved. My brethren urge me to remain in London : they say they need my counsel, &c. But I long for exemption from Book and Missionary Committees, and to be where all my work may be purely spiritual and pastoral. I therefore pray, with submission to the divine will, for a removal to some comparatively retired situation, in which I may wind up my concerns, revise all my MSS., prepare something for the benefit of mankind after my decease, and yet have a field of labour for the good of souls at present. I have come to this conclusion,—to mind my work now, — day by day, — moment by moment, to leave futurity, as advised by my Lord, Matt. vi. 34 ; and to follow the sacred cloud of providence. O Lord, I am thine. Appoint my station and my work. , My secret motives and purposes are known to thee. "Guide me with thy counsel. May I never take a wrong step. May the short remainder of my days be wholly employed for the glory of thy name.'
After much prayer and deliberation, he at length decided upon accepting the invitation to Northampton,—& circuit to which he had been appointed just fifty years before by Mr. Wesley. He believed himself to be fully equal to the work of that circuit; the distances were not great, nor the chapels large ; he might calculate upon exemption from those connexional matters which necessarily occupy the time of the London preachers ; his work would be wholly spiritual ; and the comparative retirement favourable to “making up his accounts for eternity.”
The peace and prosperity of our societies in various parts of the Connexion being endangered by the political agitation which prevailed throughout the country, Mr. Entwisle, at the request of many of his brethren, addressed a letter to the Editor of the Magazine, headed
“ Methodism and the present times," with a view to promote “ a practical regard to the first principles and original design of Methodism," and to maintain “unity in the body. This letter, which was published in the number for March, 1834, breathes a truly Catholic and pacific spirit, and is by no means unsuitable to the present times. It is not long-occupying only five pages, and will amply repay the time and trouble of a perusal.
His state of mind on his birth-day, which he always observed devotionally, was truly blessed. “A little be
“A fore the clock struck three, I awoke in a devout frame. Felt as if self were annihilated, and God all in all. My soul prostrate at his feet as less than the least of all saints.' Yet had an appropriating faith in Him as mine. O what love to a poor sinner. O my God, how excellent is thy loving-kindness. Thou hast my whole heart. O what a glorious liberty do I feel. Faith seems to give me possession of Christ and all with him, and love gives my all to him who hath so loved me.”
During the month of May, Mr. and Mrs. Entwisle paid a visit to their son at Kettering, with whom they spent a few days, very much to their mutual gratification and profit. This visit was invested with peculiar interest to Mr. E.'s mind by the circumstance that one of its objects was the baptism of his grandson, bearing his own name, whom he publicly dedicated to God in the chapel at Kettering, after preaching a Missionary sermon. The whole service was conducted with a solemnity and pathos which deeply affected all present. In the evening of the same day, Sunday, May 18th, he preached to a large congregation in the Independents' Chapel, at the request of their excellent minister, the Rev. Thos. Toller, son of the intimate friend of the late Rev. Andrew Fuller.
The salubrious bracing air of Kettering had so good an effect
upon the health both of my father and mother, that he was confirmed in the opinion that the Northampton Circuit would be his fittest sphere of labour for the
On his return home he found both Mr. and Mrs. Moore very ill, and Mrs. M. apparently sinking: his first interview with them after his return was very affecting. Mrs. M. spoke to him about her funeral and the settlement of her temporal affairs, saying “I do it now