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in my sphere of action endeavour to glorify thee, and serve my generation.”
In this spirit, after a brief visit to Mrs. Dalby and his relatives at Thorner, Mr. Entwisle returned to Hoxton, and resumed his work. The increase of Students entailed upon him a greater weight of care and responsibility; but he was enabled to cast his burden on the Lord. “Twenty-seven young men,” he remarks, “all teachable and affectionate, training for the Christian ministry ! Perhaps I never had such an opportunity of doing good
O Lord, instruct me and help me.” Again he writes in November, -“ Last week I was incessantly engaged in private or in public; yet it has been a week to be remembered by me. I have experienced 1 Thess. v. 16, 17, 18. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.' 'O, to grace how great a debtor.' I feel dead to all below. Glory be to God. Many things in the Church and in my family have combined to exercise my mind; but they have not interrupted my joy in God. Indeed these things have the effect of bringing me nearer to Him. Under the shadow of the Almighty, I am safe and happy.”
In Feb. 1836, my dear father, feeling the need of a little relaxation and change of air, paid a visit to Kettering, where he spent six days. On his last visit he had been accompanied by my mother. Many mournful recollections were awakened by a sight of the places they had visited together; of which he makes affecting mention in his journal. Thus,
“Thurs. 25.—Walked in the field, churchyard, &c. where my dear Lucy and I were wont to walk together. Solemn associations. Dead to the world. I will make my God my all.
·Sat. evening.—Retired to Joseph's study. Here my Lucy and I spent many solemn hours together. She is gone.
may I also be ready. Sad remembrances of former days; yet happy in my God. He is my portion.”
His company and conversation were esteemed a high privilege not only by his son and daughter, but by the people at Kettering, to whom he preached twice on the Lord's day. Gladly would they have persuaded him to
remain longer, especially as the change of air had manifestly been of service to his health ; but no personal consideration could induce him to absent himself many days from the post of duty. On Monday, 29th, he took leave of his son and daughter, and returned to his adopted children at the Institution.
The agitation of the Connexion continued throughout this year; and “Methodist Reform Meetings," as they were called, were held in London and elsewhere. Mr. E. alludes to one of these in a letter to the Rev. W. Lord, and adds :-“What effects will follow I do not know; but am not apprehensive of any serious injury to our cause. But I am afraid many poor souls will be ruined by these contentions. Our opponents act as if they thought it meet and right and their bounden duty to say all manner of evil of us. I am sure, if they really think we are what they represent us to be, they ought not to wish to have any communion with us. Ah me! I was in the storm at Dewsbury, forty-eight years ago, and in that raised by Kilham and Co. in 1795, 6, 7, &c. Still Methodism prospers and will prosper.”
A few days after my father had entered upon his 70th year, he had the gratification of receiving a visit from his grandson, John Joseph Entwisle, from Baltimore, in the United States of America. He was now in his 13th year, a fine, intelligent youth, and decidedly pious. He had come over under the care of his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Breckenridge, a Presbyterian Minister of Baltimore, who had been deputed by the General Assembly of Presbyterians of the United States, to attend the Meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and other great religious meetings in the British metropolis. Dr. Breckenridge informed Mr. E. that about two years before, the Lord poured out his Spirit in a remarkable manner upon his congregation, and in one week, one hundred persons found peace with God; that John Joseph was one of them; and that since then, though so young, he had been a consistent professor,-humble, studious, and as to his mind, matured beyond his years. The feelings of a Christian parent under such circumstances, can be more easily conceived than described. It was nearly eighteen years since he had cast the last long, mournful, and lingering look at his first-born on Winmoor, in York
shire, when about to take his departure for the United States; and now he received his only son and representative from beyond the Atlantic. He had brought with him the large trunk his father had taken out in 1818, and the pocket Bible in which my father had written his name in 1796. He was so much like what his father was, when shortly after the death of his mother, he first left the paternal roof to be apprenticed to his uncle at Manchester, that his grandfather seemed to be carried thirty years back again; and sometimes for a few moments yielded to the pleasing illusion that his first-born, once his joy and hope, was with him. But the agreeable illusion soon yielded to sad remembrances of the painful reality. But he rejoiced that there was hope in the death of his son,—that he should soon meet him in heaven,—and that his grandson, whom he now received as the gift of Divine Providence in his stead, was decidedly pious, and promised fair for usefulness in the world, should his life be spared. His health, however, was in so delicate and precarious a state, that it was doubtful whether the variable climate of England would suit him; and after spending about two years, chiefly with his grandfather, and his uncle at Kettering and Stamford, it was deemed necessary for him to return to his native country, where his health improved sufficiently to admit of his pursuing his studies in Princeton College, New Jersey, where he took his degree as B. A., and qualified himself for the office of private tutor to one of the most opulent families in Louisiana.*
* Since the above paragraph was written, the compiler of this Memoir received a letter from Dr. Breckenridge, now Principal of Jefferson College, Canonsburgh, Pennsylvania, communicating the mournful tidings of John Joseph Entwisle’s death. The failure of his health had compelled him to leave Louisiana, and visit Baltimore, his native place, in hope of some benefit from change of air. Here his kind friend Dr. Breckenridge, when passing through on his way to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of the United States, found him in a state of extreme debility, and invited him to accompany him on his return to his residence at Canonsburg. He accepted the kind and pressing invitation, and left Baltimore, in company with the Doctor and other friends, early in June. “He accomplished the journey (Dr. B. says) apparently without injury, until he arrived within a few miles of the village in which our college is located. He then became very weak, and sunk rapidly; so that when we ar.. rived at the village, he was too ill to be carried to my but
On the 20th of July, Mr. E. left Hoxton to attend the first Conference held at Birmingham. There the Lord had owned his labours, and honoured him as the instrument of composing unhappy differences which disturbed the peace and hindered the prosperity of the society. From that time Methodism had steadily advanced; and he rejoiced to find that his old friends were now able to provide for the Conference. He and his son were most hospitably and affectionately entertained at the house of Mr. Bromhall, surgeon, who had received his first religious impressions under his ministry.
It was at this Conference, that after a long and careful deliberation, it was determined that the ordination of those who after four years' probation were admitted into
expired at the hotel where the coach put us down, within half an hour of his arrival, and without any one being sensible that he was in immediate danger, until he was in the article of death, and too far gone to speak, or even be sensible to any thing around him. His decline was gradual, and perhaps constant, for some years past; until at last being extremely reduced, his immediate departure was very sudden and rapid.
“His mortal remains were borne to the grave, followed by the officers and students of our college, and the most respectable of our villagers, with every demonstration of respect: I having myself, previously, in the chapel of the Institution, after appropriate religious services, given some account of the life and excellence of my young and very dear friend, which seemed to produce an impression of profound tenderness and sympathy on the minds of our pupils, numbering considerably over 200 young men from vårious parts of our wide-spread country. Indeed it was a sweet and very soothing thing to me, that the hands of young and generous men should bear this noble youth,—their fellow in all great thoughts, and in all noble aspirations, and in all pure love of learning,--to his silent resting-place; and that the learned and godly men who compose our faculty, should follow in deep sorrow this precious youth, to the place appointed for us all.
“ It was a strange end of a most strange, yet most beautiful career;- very short,—very bright,--full of pain;—but full of grace and peace; and now swallowed up in the glorious fruition of the blessed Saviour, whom he loved and served here below. I knew this youth perfectly, for about twelve years; indeed he was almost as a son in my house, and was very dear to us all. And I can truly say, I never knew a human eing who gave more complete evidences of being born of God, -except only_her who was the light and ornament of my life, (the late Mrs. Breckenridge) and who loved this youth as her own son. We three, ten years ago, visited your country together: now, I alone am left. By a mira. cle of grace, I hope to join them on the other side of Jordan.”
This promising young man died on the 8th of June, 1846, in the 23rd year of his age.
all connexion, should be accompanied “with the laying in of the hands of the presbytery." The following exracts from Mr. Entwisle's journal contain a few brief 10tices of this memorable Conference.
“ Wed. July 27.-Dr. Bunting elected President. Mr. Newton Secretary. God is with us. I feel it so.
“Frid. 29.-Business goes on well. Peace. Harmony. Love. Praise the Lord.
“Wed. Aug. 3.—Thirty young preachers were ordain. ed by the laying on of hands. It is a solemn service,
The President, Secretary, and Ex-President were assisted by James Wood, Joseph Entwisle, G. Marsden, Joseph Taylor, J. Kershaw, J. Sutcliffe, J. Gaulter, J. Hickling, Jacob Stanley, Dr. Fisk, W. Atherton, R. Treffry, and others. Mr. Reece delivered the address, and the Secretary concluded with prayer.
“Thurs. 4.--About a thousand preachers and friends sat down to breakfast at the Town Hall, and nearly an I equal number were in the galleries as spectators. A
large portrait of Mr. Wesley hung in the front of the gallery. Every thing was well arranged. A season which will long be remembered.”
Having received a kind invitation from the Rev. John Angell James, he dined with him the same day. The Rev. Dr. Bunting, and the Rev. Messrs. R. Newton, B. Slater, Jas. Dixon, J. and W. Stamp, and others, shared with him the feast of Christian fellowship at the house of this justly celebrated minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom Mr. E. had had much friendly intercourse when travelling in the Birmingham Circuit, and whose Catholic spirit he had always admired. He much enjoyed this visit, and noted it down in his journal with the remark—“Mr. and Mrs. James are still in the same Christian spirit.”
In the evening of the same day, the preachers received the Lord's Supper together, the thirty who had been admitted into full connexion received the elements first. Mr. E. remarks,-"Dr. Bunting's concluding prayer will not soon be forgotten. Surely God is with us.
Towards the close of the Conference, Mr. E. wrote to his old friend, Mr. Edmondson, who had travelled in the Birmingham Circuit, well knew the people, and would have felt peculiar pleasure in being present; had not the