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not in vain. Many were inclined Draycup's removal. The church to hear, and some heard to profit. had again recourse to supplies ; In this way they proceeded, till and after a short time, engaged, the month of April, 1775, when for a year, Mr. James Howorth, a encouraged by the ministers who young man, recently called to the supplied them, and the neigh ministry, by the church at Bacup. bouring churches, they procured He was a very promising young a spot of ground, and began the man, and though he could not be erection of a place of worship, said to be popular, yet his piety, 14 yards by 12 outside. The his evangelical sentiments, and whole expense exceeded £400, a his simple but clear mode of comsum far beyond their ability to municating them, rendered his furnish, but a great part of which, labours very acceptable to the however, through the exertions of church and congregation. The the ministers who visited and period of his services however laboured amongst them, and was short; for it pleased God to the kindness of neighbouring remove him by death, before the churches, they were soon enabled expiration of the year, which he to raise. After being supplied by had engaged to spend with them. several young men, then under | He died, as he had lived, full of the care of Mr. since Dr. Faw- faith and hope." cett, who was then removed to 1 From the above-mentioned maHebden Bridge, and who edu. | nuscript, it appears, “that Mr. Lit. cated a few young men for the tlewood had been added to the ministry, the few people were church at Rochdale, about two soon formed into a church, and years before the death of Mr. invited Mr. Abraham Greenwood, I Howorth. He was in Mr. Smith's now of Killinghone, in Lincoln- employ, and was, as we learn shire, but then a student under from other sources of information, Dr. Fawcett, statedly to labour one of the principal supports of among them. Mr. Greenwood the feeble interest, being nearly was with them for some years; the only person in the town who but his labours being attended could entertain the supplies. At with little success, and a disaffec- the request of the brethren, he tion beginning to prevail betwixt made some private attempts to him and some of the people, he preach to them; and after a few left them, in the year 1781. He more trials, he was called by the was succeeded by Mr. John Dray-church to the work of the minis. cup, a peaceable, worthy man; try. About this time, a small but his ministry meeting with lit- Baptist church was formed, and tle success, he left them, after a place of worship erected at having laboured amongst them for Preston. Here Mr. Littlewood, four years. During his continue at the request of Mr. Peter Anstic, ance, seven of the most valuable who then resided in the vicinity members of the church, who of that town, made his first atlived in Saddleworth, a district to tempt in public. He received a the southward of Rochdale, were call from the church, but did not dismissed to the newly formed see his way clear to accept it.church at Ogden. The loss of He had then a strong inclination these members, at this juncture, to engage with a church just was severely felt by the church, formed and assembling in a place and materially contributed to Mr. called the Cold-house, in Shude
· hill, Manchester. With this few. During the first twenty
church he entered into an en years of Mr. Littlewood's ministry, gagement, which, however, a con- the additions were only forty-two. currence of circumstances ren- God, however, gave his servant dered him unable to fulfil. After faith and patience, so that he the death of Mr. Howorth, the persevered in his labours till he church at Rochdale, now reduced saw brighter days; for, from the to a very discouraging state, con month of December, 1805, till sisting of 25 or 26 poor people, the close of the account, seventy and which, with the congregation had been added; so that after in its public assemblies, seldom many deaths, and several disamounted to 40, turned their at- missions and exclusions, the tention to Mr. Littlewood. With church at that period consisted out consulting him, they appoint-of 100 members." Here the nared a meeting for prayer, and in- rative, of which we have given vited Messrs. Hirst, Fawcett, the substance, closes. Crabtree, and Hindle, (then at From the very low condition Halifax,) to meet with them. At in which Mr. Littlewood found this meeting, by the advice of the church when he became its these ministers, it was unani- pastor, it may be easily seen that mously agreed, to give Mr. Little- he could not have any rational wood a call to the pastoral office. prospect of a provision for his The recommendation of these family, which was then fast inworthy ministers gave it weight, creasing, without having recourse and it was accepted, in opposition to some other means of support. to many considerations that ope- He accordingly opened a school rated very powerfully against its upon a reputable and extensive acceptance. In the spring of 1786, scale, which proved highly reunder the pressure of various spectable and happily successful. fears, as he expresses it, he was From its commencement to the ordained to the pastoral office.- time of his death, his pupils have In this office he continued till his amounted to nearly 2000. We death, a period of nearly 32 years. I own we feel it matter of regret
“After his settlement, the pros- that the pastors of our churches pect began gradually to brighten. should be necessitated to engage The congregation increased, and in secular employ, or even in a few were added to the church. schools; which latter employThe remainder of the debt on the ment, though in some respects place was defrayed; and, by the more congenial with the minis. . year 1798, the congregation had so terial office than any other, en. far increased as to render the erec- gages so much time, and exhausts tion of galleries necessary: this so large a portion of spirit and was accordingly done, and the ex- | vigour, as to render it no incon. pense of which, exceeding £300, siderable drawback to a minister's was raised by the church and efforts in his proper character. congregation themselves, with the And this becomes an increasing aid of some of the inhabitants of cause of regret where the ministhe town, who now become more ter's station is in a large and infavourable to them. The increase creasing town, and a populous in the congregation now became country, where the range for visible, though the additions to ministerial labour is extensive, the church were comparatively and the prospect of success pro
portionally great. In Mr. Little- its members, which he at times wood, however, it was a measure did, he patiently endured it, and absolutely necessary, and pro- was as unremitting as ever in his ductive of very happy effects; endeavours for the promotion of for it not only enabled him to the best interests of the church provide for a very numerous fa. in general, as well as of those mily, and to do much general individuals themselves. good, but put it in his power to Mr. Littlewood was the firm raise the church from the lowest friend of religion and religious state of poverty to such a degree people. He was a Baptist from of prosperity, as to be able to conviction, and acted up to his make a comfortable provision for conviction with an undeviating his successor. His school was consistency. But he loved all also an eminent blessing to the who loved our Lord Jesus Christ town and neighbourhood. Many in sincerity, though they did not of the children of the most re. in all respects follow with him. spectable families were educated His heart and his house were at it; not a few of whom rank | open to Christians of every dehigh in trading and commercial nomination. He always availed life, and retain a very great af. | bimself of the ministerial labours fection and respect for their of his brethren of other names, pious and assiduous tutor. As and was in his turn very highly a proof of this they have, since esteemed by them: nothing that his lamented death, without the concerned the interests of Christ knowledge of his family, entered and of the souls of men was into a resolution to erect a hand-treated with indifference by him. some monument to his memory, He took a lively interest in the and have opened a subscription concerns of the denomination to among themselves for that pur- which he belonged, and did much pose.
to serve it, both by his labours As a preacher, Mr. Littlewood and his property. was respectable and useful: bis He cultivated learning himself, sermons were pious, serious, and and was a friend to the cultivaevangelical; greatly remote from tion of it in others. He felt and dry'speculation, and merely mo- lamented that so small a portion ral harangue; from pomp of lan- of it had fallen to the lot of the guage, and vulgar neglect; from ministers of the denomination to legality, or Antinomian licentious- which he belonged, especially in ness ; and his success was very the northern part of the kingdom, considerable. As a pastor, he and wished to see a remedy apwas faithful, affectionate, and plied to that evil. Hence, when meek. Though the church was a design of an academy was first greatly indebted to him for a projected and attempted to be series of the most disinterested realized, chiefly by the munifilabours, he never carried himself cence of the late Mr. Bury, of with a haughtiness towards the Sabden, between whom and him, meanest individual in it, nor gave self there had subsisted almost any of them to understand that from their youth an intimate he thought them under any obli- friendship, he was one of the gations to him; and even when first and most zealous ofits friends, he met with unkind and disre. He was a liberal donor at its first spectful treatment from some of establishment, and afterwards a constant subscriber. He gave friends. Nothing was wanting to his labours, as Secretary, and make their residence most agreewatched over its interests with a able; and in their society he parental solicitude.
I took peculiar delight. His heart Few things afforded him more glowed and his eyes sparkled pleasure than the prosperity of with pleasure, while he enterthat institution. The President tained them and enjoyed their of it takes this opportunity of conversation. If any minister of expressing his gratitude to the the gospel, of whatever denomi. Great Giver of all good for that nation, passed through the town, large share he has possessed of it was to him a high gratification the unshaken friendship of this to catch a sermon from him in excellent man, and for the great his large and commodious school benefits he has derived from room, and afterwards to afford that friendship, both in the con- him every accommodation, and cerns of the academy and of the to enjoy his conversation for the denomination at large, while he evening. In such instances, which sincerely and deeply laments his did not seldom happen, we never death as one of the severest losses failed to see the cheerful, the himself and the institution could hospitable, the friendly, the gesustain. His only consolation nerous, the pious Mr. Littlewood. under it is, that Christ ever lives. The impressions of these excel
Mr. Littlewood was a man of lencies, and the recollections of great generosity and hospitality; these interviews, are deeply en. with pleasure he laboured for the graven on the minds of considergood of the people of his imme-able numbers of ministers and of diate charge, though the com- other Christian friends, in the pensation he at any time received neighbourhood and in distant from them was very inconsider-parts of the kingdom, and will able, and often less than he one long remain as the signatures of way or other expended on their his worth, and the loss they have behalf. In assisting the various sustained by his death. pious and charitable institutions Of his conduct in his domestic which have of late years been relations, of husband and of fa. established, particularly the Bible ther, we need say little. The Society; in contributing to the tears and painful feelings occa. various cases for the assistance sioned by his sudden death, in a of poor congregations; in re- widow and twelve children, speak building or enlarging their places its excellence more loudly and of worship, as well as in nume- forcibly than any language of rous instances in the relief of ours is capable of. private distress, he was one of Till within the last three years, the first, the most cheerful, and, Mr. Littlewood, though corpuaccording to his ability, the most lent and accustomed to much generous of givers. His ear was close and sedentary application, never deaf, nor was his heart and then in the 60th year of his ever insensible to the cries of the age, enjoyed uninterrupted health poor, nor was his hand back-and vigour. But in the autumn of ward to the administering the 1814, feeling some unfavourable needed relief. His house was symptoms, which, in the opinion of ever open to the reception and the faculty, indicated the approach accommodation of his Christian of an apoplexy, he adopted, by the directions of his medical atten- diately procured, but in vain. dant, a considerable change of re. He continued for two hours gimen. This so far succeeded as speechless and motionless, a lafor a while to ward off the stroke, borious breathing being nearly but produced a visible diminu the only remaining sign of life; tion of that vigour of body and and at ten minutes after twelve mind which had before distin. he breathed his last, and his spiguished him. His friends at a rit took its flight, we doubt not, distance, who saw him compa- to the regions of immortal bles. ratively seldom, remarked that sedness. he appeared much older than he On the following Saturday his did previous to the period above mortal remains were deposited in mentioned. He, however, con- a vault, in the place of worship tinued in general well, and in which, for thirty-two years, he able to go through his labours, had faithfully and affectionately both in the school and in the preached the gospel, and within pulpit, without interruption, un- a few yards of the pulpit from til the night of Lord's day, Sep. which but in the preceding Lord's tember 28, 1817. For some time day he had been twice preaching previous to this period, he ap- the unsearchable riches of Christ. peared to be improving in health Mr. Stevens, late of Manchester, and cheerfulness; and on that now his successor, read a portion Lord's-day, he went through the of scripture; Dr. Steadman, of public services, and afterwards Bradford, engaged in prayer on presided at a church meeting, the mournful occasion; and Mr. with more than usual vigour and Fisher, of Byrom-street, Liveranimation. Nor was any unfa pool, delivered an affectionate vourable symptom perceivable, and appropriate address; and the except his complaining to Mrs. solemnity was closed in prayer Littlewood, as he was returning by Mr. Hargreaves, of Ogden. home from the last of the services, His funeral sermon was preachof an unusual degree of weariness. ed by Dr. Steadman, on the afThis, however, was not such as ternoon of the next day, to a to excite any degree of alarm. very crowded auditory, from He engaged in the usual religious Matthew, xxv. 21, " Well done, exercises of the family after he thou good and faithful servant: returned home: he joined with thou hast been faithful over a them in singing a hymn: he sup- few things, I will make thee ruler ped, and appeared quite well. over many things: enter thou Soon after supper, however, he | into the joy of thy Lord.” The was oppressed with drowsiness, | place of worship was filled some and Mrs. Littlewood perceived a time prior to the commencement small degree of contraction in his of the service; many stood withupper lip. In compliance with out during the whole time, and her wishes, he retired about ten great numbers returned, being o'clock; but was no sooner laid unable to gain admittance, or down in bed than he was arrested even to get within hearing. The by the messenger of death: he other ministers of the town teswas seized with a severe apoplec- tified their respect for his me. tic fit, which deprived him of the mory, by preaching funeral sera power of speech and of motion. mons in their own places of worMedical assistance was imme- ship; one of which, by the Rev.