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of our Lord Jesus Christ which was shed for thee, the words struck through my heart, and I knew God for Christ's sake had forgiven me all my sins.'
“ I asked whether her father (Dr. Annesley) had not the same faith ; and whether she had not heard him preach it to others. She answered, he had it himself; and declared a little before his death, that for more than forty years he had no darkness, no fear, no doubt at all, of his being accepted in the Beloved ; but that, nevertheless, she did not remember to have heard him preach, no, not once, explicitly upon
it. Whence she supposed he also looked upon it as the peculiar blessing of a few; not as promised to all the people of God."*
A few days after this conversation she accompanied her son John to Kennington, and heard him preach in the open air, to about twenty thousand people. About three years afterward, she died in the faith and hope of the gospel ; having “no doubt, or fear, nor any desire (but as soon as God should call) to depart and to be with Christ.” “On the day of her death,” says Mr. John Wesley, “ I went to my mother, and found her change was
I sat down on the bedside. She was in her last conflict, unable to speak, but, I believe, quite sensible. Her look was calm and serene, and her eyes ward, while we commended her soul to God. From three to four the silver cord was loosing, and the wheel breaking at the cistern ; and then, without any struggle, or sigh, or groan, the soul was set at liberty. We stood round the bed, and fulfilled her last request, utter. ed a little before she lost her speech, Children, as soon as I am released, sing a psalm of praise to God.'"
Having given an account of her funeral, he adds, “We set up a plain stone at the head of her grave, inscribed with the following words :— Here lies the body of Mrs. Susanna Wesley, the youngest and last sur. viving daughter of Dr. Samuel Annesley,
« • In sure and certain hope to rise,
And claim her mansion in the skies,
fixed up. 6 • True daughter of affliction, she,
Inured to pain and misery,
A legal night of seventy years.
Him in the broken bread made known:
And found the earnest of her heaven.
She heard the call, Arise, my love!
And lamblike as her Lord she died.'” By some writers these lines have been severely criti. cised, as not doing justice to the high intellectual cha. racter of this very excellent woman ; and by others they have been praised for their poetic beauty. The most obvious circumstance connected with them is, that they present a correct and striking picture of the minds of the two brothers, by whom they were used. These men of taste and of cultivated understanding knew ber high mental character better than any of her modern admirers ; for she had been the best earthly “ guide of their youth ;" but they knew that, through life, with all her sincerity, she had fallen short of the full Christian salvation, not having even dared to ask of God the direct and abiding witness of her adoption. That she had at last obtained this pearl of great price, and with her latest breath declared its reality and value, was to them an occasion of holy gratitude and rejoicing. Had their revered mother possessed the intellect of Bacon or of Newton, their glorying on her account would still have been, that Christ was formed in her heart by faith ; and that she had borne a clear and distinct witness to the truth of that neglected doctrine which it was the chief business of their lives to promul. gate. With St. Paul, they resolved to “know nothing," comparatively, not even intellect, or literature, or phi. losophy, “ but Christ and him crucified.” With respect
sentiment, Mrs. Wesley's epitaph is such a one as Ignatius or Polycarp might have written. It is Christ. ian all over.
In the early part of their itinerant ministry the two
Wesleys visited Wales, where they found Mr. Howell Harris, an educated layman, successfully engaged in the same service. His views of Christian theology were Calvinistic ; and hence he rather laboured in con. nection with Mr. Whitefield than with them ; yet they were all of one heart, though not of one judgment, on every subject. They cultivated each others friendship, and for many years were the helpers of each other's joy. After Mr. Harris had laboured with uncommon zeal and effect, chiefly in the principality, to bring sinners to Christ, he for a time sunk into a state of dejection and comparative inactivity, from which Mr. Charles Wesley endeavoured to rouse him by the following stir. ring epistle, which we believe was never before printed. It is a fine illustration of the writer's mighty faith and burning love.
AN EPISTLE TO HOWELL HARRIS, FROM THE
REV. CHARLES WESLEY.
Received March 3, 1755.
But saved ten thousand times from Satan's power,
Then let our Saviour.God have all the praise,
And shouts exulting from the mountain top!
Satan, with all his wicked spirits, gives place,
Who is this stripling ? (let my friend inquire,)
That none may arrogate Jehovah's right,
Purged from all self-esteem and self-regard,
Conscious of all thy weaknesses and wants,
Incline thy head, like Him who reigns above, And die to pay him back his dear, expiring love. It was by the instrumentality of Howell Harris that Mr. Marmaduke Gwynne, of Garth, in Wales, was brought to the knowledge of the truth. His house was for some years a home to the Wesleys, when they visit. ed the principality; and as he was a magistrate, he was able to afford them protection against mobs, and persecuting individuals. The daughter of Mr. Gwynne afterward became the wife of Mr. Charles Wesley, whom she survived many years.
The work which spread with rapidity at home, also broke out in the British army, then serving in Flan. ders. John Haime, belonging to the Queen's Regiment of Dragoons, having been brought to the knowledge of God in England, was stirred up to preach to his companions in arms, many of whom were grossly wicked. The consequence was, that some hundreds of them were converted, and united together in religious society. John often preached from twenty to thirty times in a week, and was so intent upon promoting the spiritual good of others as often to forget to take his necessary food. The following extract from his Life will serve to show something of his spirit, and that of his brethren :“On the 1st of May, 1745, we had a full trial of our faith at Fontenoy. Some days before, one of our brethren, standing at his tent-door, broke out into raptures of joy, knowing his departure was at hand; and