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money received through the Bazaar the funded property had risen to £3,976 16s. 6d., being an addition of £927 75. 2d. on the year.
The meeting extended over Monday and Tuesday. The report of the sittings this year is rather lengthy, filling nine pages of the Magazine (1862, pages 204-212). The small talk was abundant, and the solid business very little.
Nothing particular was said at this meeting respecting the Magazine. The loss upon the year 1860 was £72 33. 60.
A tea and public meeting was held in the Guildhall on the Monday evening. Dr. Wassell, Baptist Minister, occupied the chair. The chairman said some complimentary things to the brethren, and regarded them as fellow-labourers in the work of preaching the Gospel. He remarked that, “ If ever he felt tempted to pride at his own exertions, he found it speedily removed when he remembered the class of men before him; who, after daily toils continued up till Saturday night, have got up and done the work of the Lord's Day also, walking ten or even eighteen miles to reach the appointed place.”
The meeting was afterwards addressed by Bros. Chamberlain, Towne, Wade, Cuthbertson, Curnock, Luckman, Richards, Chester, Line, Milsom, and Clarke. A pretty full report of this meeting will be found in the Magazine, 1861, pages 213-222.
CHAPTER XVI.—Annual MEETING AT DERBY. 1862.
BROTHER Thomas Hirst, Kimberley, President. The General Committee met in the Vestry of Brook Street Chapel
, Derby, on Saturday, June 21st. In addition to preaching in the chapels on the Sunday, a camp-meeting was held.
The meeting commenced its sittings in Becket Street Schoolroom, on Monday morning, June 23rd. About fifty brethren were present. The Report showed 2,063 benefit and 433 hon. members, total 2,496; being an increase of 48 benefit, and a decrease of 37 hon. members, leaving & net increase of 11 members on the year. The balance showed a decrease in the funded property of £136 4s. 4d. in the year, reducing the capital to £3,840 12s. 2d.
Bro. Thomas Hirst was elected President, Bro. Wild, Treasurer, Bro. John Carter, Assistant Treasurer, and Bro. Chamberlain re-elected Hon. Secretary.
At this meeting it was resolved that a Bible be provided, with fly leaves at the beginning, for each President's autograph, to be kept by the President for the time being. This was done, and that Bible has passed from one President to another to the present time.
To increase the finances, collecting boxes and cards were recommended. Although there had been an increase in the number of benefit members,
their contributions amounted only to £1,000 11s., being 11s. 6d. less than the year before.
The loss upon the Magazine for the year 1861 amounted to £74 16s. 9d. One brother said that the Magazine had been a dead loss from the beginning, but he would not move that it be discontinued. Another brother said it had been considered at a former meeting that if the loss upon it did not exceed £100 a year, it was not a loss, but a gain. The brethren unanimously resolved to have it continued.
A tea was provided on Monday evening in Brook Street Chapel. After tea the ex-President, Bro. Wade, preached in King Street Chapel, from Acts xx. 24. After the service the Lord's Supper was commemorated, the superintendent of the circuit presiding, assisted by one of his colleagues.
In connection with this annual meeting there appears a very interesting account by a Local Preacher in the August and September numbers of the Magazine, of a trip to a blasting furnace below Derby, then down into a coal mine, after that over the Derby hills, and down the vales to Matlock, then to the Duke of Devonshire's paradise at Chatsworth.
BROTHER Thomas Hirst, President, 1862.
ONE of Nature's noblemen, a simple-hearted, pure-minded man. I shall not, however, give any full sketch of him here. That will be found in the Volume for 1870.
Thomas Hirst was born at Knottingley, Yorkshire, February 5th, 1789, and died June 31, 1870. His life thus extended to eighty-one years four months and twenty-five days.
He joined the Methodist Society when only fifteen years of age, and continued in connection with the Methodist Family till his death. When only seventeen years of age he was made a class-leader. This office he held till death; and when no longer able to go out, his members gathered round his bed several times during his illness, and thus his class was kept up till the last.
Bro. Hirst was not only a local preacher upwards of half a century, but a Sunday-school man; and he used his tongue and his pen in its behalf. In addition to contributing to this and other periodicals, he published Hymns and Dialogues for Sunday-school anniversaries. In 1841 he published a 12mo volume of 368 pages, The Music of the Church. Later on The Autobiography of the Bible, and other Poems, with portrait, post 8vo, 296 pages. Also John Wimbleton, reprinted from the LOCAL PREACHERS' MAGAZINE. He did worthily in his day. May we walk in
CHAPTER XVII.-Annual MEETING AT MANCHESTER. 1863.
BRO. JAMES ARUNDALE, Ashton-under-Lyne, President. The General Committee met in the Morning Chapel, Oldham Street, on Saturday evening, June 6th. The brethren took appointments, as usual, in several chapels on the Sunday.
From the Report this year we learn that the number of benefit members was 2,038, and the honorary 436, total, 2,474; being a decrease of 25 benefit members, and an increase of 3 hon. members ; total decrease of 22. Benefit members' subscriptions, £1,023 2s. 6d., being an increase of £22 11s. 6d. Income exceeded the expenditure, £118 83. 7d., raising the funded property to £3,959 0s. 9d. This was bringing things on the right side again.
Bro. Arundale, of Hooley Hill, was elected President, Bros. Wild and J. Carter re-elected Treasurers, and Bro. Chamberlain Hon. Secretary.
This being the year in which alterations could be made in the rules, there were several notices of motion for alteration, but only one of much importance; that was the extending the basis of the Association so as to embrace the Local Preachers of the New Connexion. This was discussed at great length, and with considerable spirit; but the motion was negatived, there being 19 for and 30 against it. The other motions shared the same fate, and the brethren determined to go on as before for another
On Monday evening, the ex-President, Bro. Hirst, preached the official sermon, after which the Lord's Supper was celebrated.
On Tuesday evening a tea and public meeting was held in Lever Street Chapel. Eli Atkin, Esq., presided over the public meeting. He said: “Thousands of congregations were dependent upon Local Preachers for their spiritual instruction. All honour to the men who made such sacrifices in order to preach the Gospel. He hoped they would keep up the fervour of their piety, and then God would honour their labours and give them success.
Bro. Chamberlain, in his introductory speech, recommended this Association in not only caring for the living, but in caring for the dead, so that a Local Preacher's bones should not be huddled into a pauper's. grave, as Thomas Hood said
“ Rattle his bones over the stones,
This Association owns him, and he must have a decent funeral. The meeting was further addressed by the President, and Bros. Towne, Sammerside, Schofield, Lawton, Nelstrop, and Hirst.
MEMOIR OF MR. HENRY SMITH. BROTHER HENRY SMITH was born at Aldbourn, in the Hungerford Circuit, Wiltshire, on February 19th, 1823. In early life he was deeply impressed with his need of salvation, and acting according to his convictions, he gave his heart and life to Him who “ bought him with His precious blood," and by the Spirit of God he was enabled to realise the saving truths of the glorious Gospel of Christ. He was exceedingly joyous and happy, and manifested his faith by a life of consecration and zeal for God. He told others of his newly found joy, and testified of the Saviour as opportunity occurred.
His parents did not train him in experimental religion, and they were somewhat surprised at his conduct when he joined the Methodist Society, and took an interest and active part in cottage services and prayer meetings. He found a sphere of labour in the Sunday-school, and while in the days of his youth showed an aptitude for public speaking by delivering his first address there.
Soon after this he became a Local Preacher of considerable ability and power, and was on the plan before he was eighteen years old. himself to the study of the Word of God and to prayer. His labours were crowned with abundant success; and one of the greatest joys he ever experienced was in being instrumental, in the hands of God, of leading his father to the Saviour.
Family circumstances prevented his giving himself to the full work of the Christian ministry. After the death of his parents he removed to Winterton, in the Barton Circuit, where he spent twenty-seven years of his useful life. One of the ministers of that circuit (Rev. Wm. Parsonson) says of him, “ He was a good man, and held in the highest esteem throughout the circuit as a consistent and devoted Christian.”
He was mighty in prayer, and the recollection of his powerful pleadings with God at the close of the Sabbath evenings and at the weekly prayer meetings, will ever remain with me. He was very genial, and his companionship was a joy. He was greatly and rightly beloved by his family, for he was a good father. His prayers, instructions, and example have been crowned by the conversion of several of his children.
As a class leader he was much beloved ; and for some time had two classes under bis care. He was a very fluent speaker in public, had considerable mental ability, and was well read. His sermons were most acceptable, and were highly spoken of throughout the circuit.
About eight years since he removed to Broom Lodge, Hatfield, in the Doncaster Circuit, where he has laboured with the same acceptance in town and country, almost to the time of his death.
He took a deep
interest in the work, and bad great delight in serving the Lord in many ways. He was greatly beloved by all the local preachers, and freqnently entertained them at his home. The Sabbath day was spent in Christian conversation, praise, and prayer.
His death is regretted by a large circle of friends, but his memory will be fragrant for many years. " He rests from his labour," but his “ works do follow him." His last public service was at Thorne, December 5, 1880, when he expounded a portion of the Word of God. Shortly after this he was laid aside from active service, but continued to hold forth the Word of Life in bis own home; and a fortnight before his death, when surrounded by his loving family, he discoursed sweetly, fervently, and beadtifully on " Jesus the Light of the world."
His affliction was borne with resignation and faith in God. He said to those who were with him, it would soon “end in joyous day.” He heard the voice of the Master saying, “Come up higher,” and with his latest conscious breath, “ He praised the Lord.” He fell asleep in Jesus on Sunday evening, January 23, 1881, aged fifty-seven.
He was for many years a member of the Local Preachers' Mataal-Aid Association at Barton; and when a branch was formed in Doncaster, he was unanimously chosen to be its first chairman, and last year he was appointed to attend the annual meeting at York, which he greatly enjoyed. He had a strong attachment to his brethren of this institution, and did what he could to promote its welfare and the benefit of those associated with him in this glorious work. May it be ours to follow his example, to emulate his zeal, to grasp the same promises, and rely on the same loving Saviour; so that when our work is done, and night comes with us, the night may end in joyous day.
one of our Hon. Members, delivered in
the Town Hall, Longton. MR. ALLEN said: when he wrote to the secretary to ask what he should talk about, he replied that he was to to talk to them about temperance in reference to the House of Commons.
He had now been sixteen years in the House of Commons, and was happy to tell them that he had seen a great change of thought there on the temperance question. (Applause.) He remembered that, some sixteen years ago, Sunday closing was looked upon as a very great nuisance and a
very great bore when it was brought before the House, but last Session he saw a resolution in favour of Sunday closing passed by a large majority. (Hear, hear.) Then he remembered that when Sir Wilfrid Lawson—that man whom they all so much admired (applause)—used to bring forward his Permissive Bill, they used to go into the lobbies with a very small minority, but what did he see last session ? He saw Sir Wilfrid Lawson bring forward a resolution in favour of Local Option, and saw a majority of the House of Commons vote in favour of it. (Applause.) And what did he see some two or three years