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again on earth, but we shall meet in heaven." He died October 28, 1882, aged 74 years. He retained all his mental faculties to the end, and passed away peacefully, not to say triumphantly. His death was improved by the Rev. D. Round, in an excellent and impressive discourse in Park-street Chapel, to a large and deeply affected congregation.
ELIZABETH COATES, NORTH SHIELDS. In the departure of our dear sister, Mrs. Coates, we have lost one of the most saintly members of our Church in this district. She was born on February 28, 1817. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilhespie, were both attached members of our Milburn-place society, the latter having been connected with it from its beginning-first as a member, then as Sunday-school superintendent, and for many years as an exemplary and devoted class-leader. By these our departed friend was carefully brought up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Almost as soon as she could walk, she was taken to the Sabbath-school, where she remained, passing through its various classes till elected a teacher, in which delightful occupation she continued till 1845, when she became the wife of our estimable brother, Mr. Joseph Coates, who lives to mourn her demise.
In early life she was brought to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, becoming a member of one of our classes at Milburn-place, which privilege she very highly esteemed, and continued to enjoy with exemplary regularity till 1872, when she was withdrawn by the long illness which only terminated with her life.
She intensely " loved the habitation of God's house," prizing supremely its “ heavenly ways,” esteeming as her chief friends its frequenters, and interesting herself most largely in all pertaining to its service and well
She was a sunny, cheerful, guileless servant of the Lord, walking in the light of His countenance, yet quiet and modest withal; recommending by her cheery, genial manners and unstained walk to all around the religion she professed.
She had a profound respect for the Sabbath, the sanctity of which she was careful to maintain, both by precept and example, so ordering her domestic arrangements as to make it to her children and visitors honour. able, sweet, and sacred. She was a devoted wife, a tenderly affectionate and judicious mother, wearing over the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,” and so " adorning the doctrine of God her Saviour in all things."
For about twelve years she was confined to her home, and during the most of that time to her bed, by affliction, the weariness and painfulness of which at times were harrowing in the extreme; but through all she “possessed her soul in patience, committing her way to the Lord," whose love she never distrusted, and by whose grace and power she was marvellously comforted and sustained.
She had her dark days, when, with the Psalmist, she was constrained to cry, "My soul cleaveth unto the dust.” She often wondered why it was that the Lord permitted her to be so long and heavily afflicted, but she never “ charged Him foolishly,” nor ceased to remember that in the case of His chosen ones afflictions are the signs and tokens of His faithfulness and love; and so, though sometimes "dark was her path and sad her lot,” yet oftentimes her sick chamber was radiant with the light and fragrant with the odours of heaven. Ever could she testify that the Lord was “her Shepherd,” and that the paths she was treading were
“ paths of righteousness," while not unfrequently ber song was, “ He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, and leadeth me beside the still waters."
By the ministers and her Christian friends it was esteemed a great privilege to be permitted to visit her, who were as frequently and sympathetically ministered to as they were ministers of comfort in her quiet retreat.
Yearningly, as month after month and year after year passed by, she longed once more to tread the courts of the Lord's house, and would have deemed it a superlative joy again to have worshipped within its sacred precincts; but this was not to be. Even while she kept wondering and hoping, suddenly and severely the final crisis came, prostrating her utterly, and inducing absolute languor and depression. Through all, however, for several weary days and nights her mind remained unimpaired, and her confidence in God uninterrupted. Too weak to converse much, she was enabled, when questioned, to testify, “ All is well!" and to witness, “ Jesus is precious !”. And so, upheld by the "everlasting arms," and lovingly ministered to by those she loved best, she lingered till the evening of the 15th of June, 1883, when she quietly entered the “ desired haven,” leaving behind her a memory sweet and fragrant to all who knew her, and a dark shadow over the hearts and homes of those who prized her above all other earthly joy. J. B. A.
MR. ROWLAND LAMBERT, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, died July 30, aged 57 years. He laboured much for the Lord.
AFTER great suffering, borne with a brave, submissive, and cheerful spirit, Ann, the beloved wife of the Rev. A. R. Pearson, died in the Lord on August 10, aged 40 years. “With Christ, which is far better.”
THE REV. THOMAS RUDGE was somewhat suddenly called away to his eternal rest on August 3, in his 63rd year. For some years his health was broken and uncertain, and he was “looking for that blessed hope," when the Great God, even our Saviour Jesus Christ, gloriously appeared to him. May bis family be comforted, and ready for a kindred reward.
Our Connexional Outlook.
OPENING OF THE COLLEGE
SESSION, 1883-4. INAUGURAL ADDRESS AND PUBLIO
MEETING, MONDAY, AUGUST 13. MR. EDITOR, — The proceedings of yesterday had an interest and brightness which I am unable to communicate; yet I hope an account of them, though scanty and imperfect, may be acceptable to your readers. The day as it opened was dull and unpromising, but as noon advanced the sun broke out with cheering lustre, making the scenery of Ranmoor very beautiful. After luncheon, a meeting of the Trustees and Committee was held for the transaction of business. When
the hour appointed for the address bad come, 3 o'clock, the library was well filled with friends, belonging princi. pally to the Sheffield circuits; but amongst them were several from considerable distances. It was specially gratifying to see that not a few of the students of bygone years had judged the occasion of sufficient importance to justify the sacrifice their attendance involved. The students now in the college occupied front benches, so as to be in clear and full view of the venerable lecturer, to whom, doubtless, they in turn felt it an honour to be very closely related. The entire service was under the direction of cur
esteemed president, the Rev. T. Rider, and others in his early days, he who announced the opening hymn, the looked up and wondered whether it 910th, The Rev. James Ogden then would be possible to make any distant offered an appropriate and solemn approach to those distinguished men, prayer. Another hymn, the 60th, He was thankful that after the lapse followed, announced by the Rev. T. of so many years the Doctor sur. D. Crothers, the secretary. The fer vived, and with sufficient vigour to your with which the last verse of this justify him in accepting the invitation hymn was sung was remarkable, and which their Committee 80 cordially gareassurance of overshadowing power gave him to come and give the first and blessing.
inaugural address in connection with The Principal, Rev. Dr. Cocker, | a service of that kind. Since the having been called upon to introduce days to which he had referred, Dr. Dr. Cooke, said nothing could be more Cooke bad become an eminent theoout of place than would be any lengthy logian and an able author, and he was relaarks from him before the address a leading authority throughout the which they were assembled to hear Methodist Churches of the world. had been delivered. Nevertheless, he (Applause.) He could do no more thought it fitting that a word or two than express the pleasure and satisshould be said, either by him or some faction it gave him to see the worthy one else, in regard to their much doctor there. (Applause.) esteemed and now venerable friend, Dr. Cooke, who was very cordially Dr. Cooke, who had left his home in received, said he felt highly honoured London that morning for the purpose in the position he occupied. He did of instructing and edifying them that not know that the Connexion could afternoon. It happened that he had have conferred upon him a greater been desired to perform that prepa honour than it had in electing him to ratory duty, and it was to bim a very discharge the duties devolving upon pleasant task. He deemed it an him that day. Reference had been honour, really an honour, to have the kindly made by Dr. Cocker to his opportunity of introducing to that abilities and works, so eulogistic, inassembly, such as never gathered deed, that he almost wished himself within the walls of the College before, out of the room whilst listening to one of their most distinguished-in them. He must make some allowance deed, the most distinguished minister for his kindness of heart. He never of their denomination. (Applause.) Dr. knew he had done anything like the Cooke must have been highly gifted | person he had heard described. From by the God of nature, and bountifully the beginning he went forward trying cared for by the God of Providence in to discharge his duty, and whatever his early life, for he had become a he had done-he had but an humble distinguished pulpit orator when he opinion of it-he ascribed to God's (Dr. Cocker) commenced his minis goodness. Dr. Cooke then proceeded terial career, and that was not yes to deliver his able and instructive terday. (Applause.) It was so long ago address, which dealt with the history, as that, and forty-seven years had advantages, and claims of collegiate passed away since he entered the institutions, and contained a variety ministry. He was then known as the of counsels and encouragements to the eloquent-not Dr. Cooke--but Mr. students before him. As the address Cooke; the D.D. came in course of in its substance will probably appear time, and they had been glad to see it in an early number of the magazine, associated, worthily associated, with it is fitting that I should leave it for his name for so many years. When the judgment of your readers, behe heard Cooke and Hulme (applause) speaking, however, their special atten
tion to its excellencies. The Rev. Dr. Watts united with the President in bringing the service at the College to a close.
In the evening an excellent tea was provided in the schoolroom of our Broomhill Chapel, and afterwards a meeting was held in the chapel. The Rev. T. Addyman conducted the opening devotions. Alderman Rams. den, of Halifax, Secretary of the last Conference, presided, and discharged the duties of chairman with his usual ability. After congratulating the meeting on the ceremony of the day, which he hoped would be repeated and perpetuated, he referred to the business of doing good as work in which we had now to meet a keener competition than formerly. Other religious communities were actively employed. No ministers were more laborious and painstaking than those of the Church of England. The men of the future would have to compete with such labourers out of the pulpit as well as in it, and they could hope to succeed only in proportion to their efficiency and earnestness.
The Secretary, in giving a short explanatory statement or report, expressed his hope that the arrangements which that day marked the opening of the yearly session would have their intended effect in widening and deepening the sympathy of our people with the institution.
On the motion of Dr. Cooker, seconded in few but emphatic words by Mr. C. T. Skelton, of Sheffield, a respectful and cordial vote of thanks was accorded to Dr. Cooke, with a request that he would consent to the publication of his address in the Connexional magazine. Dr. Cocker thought the address was admirably fitted to awaken in the students a spirit of earnest consecration, a resolve to excel in the work to which they were called, He compared the place which the college now occupied in the affections of our people with the place which it had at first. Those who
sought to establish such an institution for ministerial training had had to encounter strong opposition. “We want burners,” exclaimed one who in the early stage of its history had doubted the utility of the college. It was Abe Lockwood (“ Bishop of Berry Brow”). “Do you not take the word in its completeness ?” he, the doctor, replied; “have you any objection to the testimony, 'He was a burning and a shining light'? Our object is to secure both the burning and the shining.” “All right," said Abe; and it had been all right. Dr. Cooke made an interesting reply, and agreed to the request, in which, it is right to say, the students distinctly concurred. He said he believed that the college had been made a very ex. tensive blessing already, and he anticipated that it would prove of yet greater service to the Connexion.
The President next moved the following resolution, “That this meeting, whilst regarding personal religion as the first essential qualification for the sacred office, has a deep sense of the importance of ministerial cul. ture, especially in view of the increasing intelligence of our times." In a speech of great vivacity and vigour, he showed that culture is not pouring into the mind an amount of know. ledge, but training the mental powers so as to give them expertness in the use of materials.
The progress of general education had been great and rapid. The boys and girls of our congregations were educated as they were not a few years since. If ministers failed to improve their own minds, the young would not hold them in the respect due to their office. The young especially must feel that their teachers were above them. The ideal of ministerial fitness would combine the culture of Matthew Arnold with the energy of Moody or Spurgeon, or both. Let them strive to gain the intellectual power and polish together with the mighty force of spiritual ardour. He
thanked God some who had gone I believed, a science of theology, and forth from the college had both. He the students should have worked into regarded the meetings of the day as them the glorious principles, the suban augury of good and of blessing. lime truths of our holy religion. They
Mr. J. W. Greaves, of Bradford, in were not to seek for fire without cul.. seconding the resolution, said that the ture, or for culture without fire; they beautiful order recognised in the could and should have both. John Apostle's exhortation would live Foster had said that arguments might through all ages, “Add to your faith be wrought in fire as well as in frost: virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” he thought much better. Referring There must be the faith which renews, to the introductory address in the then moral force, after that education afternoon, he expressed his gladness. or intelligence. The power of self at the “new departure," and his joy control secured sovereignty over all in hearing the wise counsels which had temptations and all circumstances. been delivered Renan, in distributing prizes the other On the motion of the Rev. J. Ogden, day, said if the French people were seconded by the Rev. G. Packer, the uneducated, they would be like an un. hearty thanks of the meeting were worked gold mine. They should given to the Rev. T. Addyman, and strive more and more to provide a the Broomhill friends for providing ministry able to raise the community tea and otherwise contributing to the to a higher level.
success of the gatherings. A vote of The next resolution was proposed thanks to the Chairman,moved by Mr. by the Rev. J. Medicraft: “That in Addyman, seconded by the Principal endeavouring to fulfil their respon and supported by the Secretary, was sibilities for the supply of ministerial carried unanimously and with enthucandidates, great care and discrimina. siasm. It need scarcely be said that tion should be exercised by the guides the foregoing resolutions also were of our churches, so that none but duly unanimously adopted. qualified men should be brought for In closing this hasty report, I am ward and encouraged.” It was only pleased to think of the proof it affords men who practised self culture, he that interest in the cause of ministerial said, who could profit by collegiate culture and equipment is spreading discipline. The “ guides" must look among us, as only when such interest out for young men who listen eagerly becomes general can we safely take to sermons, who like lectures, who some steps in advance which have pore over books, who love study for long been contemplated. It is greatly study's sake. It was useless to send to be desired, for instance, that we those to be cultured who did not could raise the standard of entrance culture their own minds. What were examination, and likewise, that threethe three things wanted in candidates ? years of preparation, rather than two, They had heard of the three R's.; should be afforded to the majority of let him speak to them of three G's. students, the third year to be reckoned, They wanted men of grip, gush, and as our rules allow, as the first year of go-grip, men who have firm hold of probation. To these and other the truth, and are determined to keep needed improvements,“things before,” hold of it; gush, men of sympathy, I hope we shall continue “reaching thorough sympathy with truth and forth," aided in doing so by the with souls; go, men who could not steady enthusiasm of all who best be "held in with bit and bridle” from know the value of knowledge and zealous endeavours.
cultivated strength. The resolution was seconded by the
T. D. OROTHERS, Secretary. Rev. Dr Watts. There was, he | Stalybridge, Aug. 14.