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Over the spot where the sacred dust reposes until the last trumpet shall sound, a neat and substantial tomb has been erected, bearing the following inscription:
SA C RED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THE REV. JOSEPH ENTWISLE,
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN CHRIST JESUS, Nov. 6, 1841,
IN THE 75th YEAR OF HIS AGE.
He was born in Manchester, April 15, 1767;
Gospel among the People
In the religious body with which he was connected;
And continued his ministerial labours
To the very close of life;
When he suddenly
He " walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”
Were the writer of this Memoir able to sketch the portraiture of its subject with accuracy, those readers who were not personally acquainted with him might probably suspect, that filial partiality had too highly coloured the picture; for, if correct, it would doubtless be one of no ordinary loveliness. He therefore prefers adding to those views of his father's character which have already been supplied by the preceding pages, the testimony of others by whom he was well known; and who may fairly be presumed to have been in a more favourable position to form an impartial judgment than his son. The first testimony that will be adduced, is that of the Rev. Thos. Rogers, who laboured with him in the Bristol Circuit, from 1826 to 1828. He says:
“I have always regarded it as one of the kind and merciful arrangements of Divine Providence, that I was appointed to labour with Mr. Entwisle in the Bristol Circuit. Although I had previously formed a very
exalted opinion of him as a Christian Minister, I found that opinion greatly heightened by a more intimate acquaint
At that time he had arrived at what may be called the palmy state of human life and Christian experience; and all the energies of his well regulated mind were directed to the great end for which the Christian ministry is established—the purity and prosperity of the church of God.
“ He was no friend to the doctrine of expediency: he laid down the principles by which the church of Christ is to be governed, and carried them out with a conviction that whatever temporary inconvenience might arise, substantial and lasting benefit must be the result. But in carrying out his plans as the Superintendent of the circuit, there was nothing arbitrary; no violent opposition to those who were of another mind, but with all possible simplicity and ingenuousness, and with patience perhaps not less than St. Paul would have manifested in similar circumstances, he pursued his Christian course, as though he were incapable of receiving offence.
“If there be no presumption in comparing such men as Mather and Pawson, Benson and Clarke, to the apostles of Christ, I am sure there can be none in comparing Mr. Entwisle to the beloved disciple John. His mind seemed to be cast in the same mould; and his spirit was
of the same benevolent and sympathetic character. To this I attribute his great partiality for the Epistles of St. John, from which he selected some of his favourite texts, and preached some of his most effective sermons.
“I have not been personally acquainted with any man whose Christian character and ministerial labours have appeared to me to be in such constant and perfect accordance with the doctrines and examples in the Gospel. To me, at least, he appeared to be a perfect fac-simile of the portrait which St. Paul has drawn in his Epistles of a genuine Minister of the Gospel of Christ.
“ He was instant in season and out of season ;' always ready for every good work. His zeal in the performance of the various duties which devolved
him was not that evanescent feeling which ebbs and flows, and passes away with the exciting objects which gave it birth; but a steady, holy flame which many waters cannot quench.' His love was without dissimulation, exhibiting in his life and conversation all the blessed effects which St. Paul ascribes to that heavenly principle:—“the greatest of all is charity.'
“When he was in company, his conversation was always edifying, and sometimes it was remarkably entertaining; so that he seemed to have no difficulty in fixing the attention of those around him on spiritual and eternal things, administering grace to the hearers. There are but few men within the circle of my acquaintance, whom I should wish to resemble in all respects, so much as Mr Entwisle."
The next testimony is that of the late Rev. Joseph Taylor, who in a funeral sermon preached on occasion of Mr. E.'s death, among many other traits in his character, mentions the following:
“ He possessed and exercised a tender conscience towards God, and all around him; as those of his friends who knew him best have invariably witnessed. This rendered him scrupulously observant of responsibility and obligation.
“ He adorned the Gospel by religious consistency. From his conversion, through a period of sixty years, he walked in the ordinances and commandments of the Lord blameless before others, while deeply humbled before God himself.
“ The confidence reposed in Mr. E. by those to whom he was known, was the natural result of his character being understood. It would be difficult to refer to any man moving in a similar situation, who possessed a larger share of public confidence than he did. Nor was that contidence ever disappionted. Integrity and uprightness, under divine grace, guided and preserved him.
“ The placidity of his mind and temper was such as to render him welcome and beloved wherever he came. There was nothing harsh in his disposition; no complaining that the former times were better than these; and, even when bodily infirmity and weakness pressed upon him, he was still the same man,-agreeable, thankful, and happy. He was remarkably social; and every company into which he came was the better for his intercourse with it. His very presence was improving, because it put a restraint on whatever would have been wrong, and promoted instruction and edification. Even those whose opinions and practices differed from his, highly esteemed his character; and in the small town of Tadcaster, in which the few last years of his life were spent, it would be difficult to find an individual, from the vicar of the parish to the humblest child, who did not love him.
“ His benevolence, and according to his means his liberality, deserve to be mentioned. He never called on others to contribute, without himself leading the way, and setting the example.
“ As a Minister of the Gospel, his views of divine truth were clear, and his preaching was in the very best sense evangelical. He delighted to dwell on the topics that most exhibit Christ as the Saviour, and direct and induce the sinner to accept of mercy through his atonement and mediation. His ministry was eminently encouraging to all, and especially instructive and edifying to penitents and Christian believers. His manner was pervaded by a sanctified simplicity, which rendered it truly apostolical. His appearance in the pulpit was prepossessing, and his ministry always acceptable.
“ His habits, as well as his views, were evangelical. He lived and walked by the faith of the Son of God. He placed no dependance for present or final acceptance on any thing he had done; but looked for the mercy
of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. His spirit was devout, his loins were girded about, his light was burning, and he lived in habitual expectation of the coming of his Lord."
The next testimony is that of the Rev. Dr. Hannah, who, while associated with my father in office at the Theological Institution, had daily opportunities of observing his spirit and conduct. They had known and esteemed each other for many years; but during this period a more intimate friendship was established, which continued until my father's death. The Doctor thus speaks of him:
“For the space of four years, it was my privilege to be associated in the Wesleyan Theological Institution with the venerable Joseph Entwisle. Our intercourse with each other, during all that period, was familiar and unreserved; kind on his part, and happy on my own. The circumstances in which we were placed, and which, at first, were by no means free from perplexity and prehension, served to disclose the peculiar excellencies of his Christian character under new aspects, and yet further to prove the eminent attainments which he had made in the meekness of wisdom.' His plans and arrangements were most exact and orderly; the spirit which he habitually breathed was the spirit of exemplary kindliness and sincerity; and his words were ‘words of peace and truth.' Years have now passed away since we were accustomed almost daily to confer on subjects in which we both had a more than common interest. But I still retain a grateful remembrance of the placid and friendly smile with which he met me,—of the cheerful strain in which he would speak of hope and good, even when our prospects seemed most dark and lowering,—and of his consolatory suggestions and counsels in seasons of discouragement and fear. He was a father to the students. All his conduct towards them engaged their reverence and love. He was a pattern to them of 'whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report.' Authority in him was tempered with mildness; discipline, which he faithfully laboured to exercise and maintain, was intermingled with all the suavities and courtesies of undissembled affection. His intimate acquaint