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CONTENTS.

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Ministry, The Work of the

Missions, How to Help .

406
Missionary Coilecting Cards.

443
Missionary Christmas Cards

485
Nativity of Christ

472

Neglect of Lord's Table

74

OBITUARIES. (See also Memoirs.)
Bennet, Mr. William

247
Blake, Mr. John

208
Chippindale, Mr. Edmund

408
Corner, Mr. John

368
Cuthbertson, Mrs. Mary

368
Houldsworth, Miss Martha

168
Jenkyns, John

484
Jones, Mr. William.

327
Mallinson, Mrs. Anne..

483
Maude, Miss Ann

368
Porter, Mrs. Elizabeth

208
Ridgman, Mrs. Jane

328
Seaman, Mrs. Hannah

79
Tarrant, Rev. Henry

448
Thornber, Miss Susannah

120
Williams, Mr. William

326

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Efforts to do Good

391

Efforts to Save Souls

440
Encouragement to come to Christ

236
Extending the Circulation of the Maga-
zines

481
Faith, Living by

325

Feudal Subjection

Geology of the Bible

. 112, 157, 194, 237, 270,

307, 436

Geological Difficulty

405
God, The Temple of

300

Grace Darling, and Loss of Pegasus... 117

Heaven, its Sociality, Knowledge, and

Happiness.

333

Home Missionary Exertions

369

Human Life, its Future Progress

10

Itinerant Ministry, Respect Due to the

Office of ...

23

Juvenile Missionary Association

202

Laity, Claims of

357

Marrying Unbelievers, On

203

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REVIEWS AND LITERARY NOTICES.

An Affectionate Appeal to our Young

Men..

194

Angels, The Ministry of, and Nature
of Invisible Influence

234
Anti-Monopolist, The

269
Anti-State Church Conference, The
Proceedings of....

302
Baptism of Scripture Unfolded, The.. 19
Books Received ..

107, 154, 436
Celestial Railroad, The.

234
Christian Consolation

58
Christian Mother's Magazine, The 106

127, 256

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Christian World, The..

352

Church Advancing, The

307

Clerical Cowardice ......

471

Derry

152

Dr. Doddridge's Devotional Letters .. 234

Educatlonal Conference, Proc dings

of .

269

Expulsion of Nine Students

305

Fox's Book of Martyrs

20, 65, 193

Herald of Peace, The

105, 193, 307

Impetus, An Address to the W. sleyan

Methodist Association

103

Independent and Young Christians'

Magazine.....

394

Intellect, The Cultivation of the

106

Ireland, The Scenery and Antiquities

of, Illustrated

19

Israel, The Salvation of..

352

Jerusalem, The Anglican Cathedral

Church of ..

347

Jerusalem, Walks about the City and

Environs of

228

Jews, A Plea for the

352

Late Hours of Business, Prize Essay

on the Evils Produced by the .

19

Laodicea: or, Religious Declension.. 469
Lays of the Heart

471

| London Missionary Society, History

393, 425

London Missionary Society, Fathers

and Founders of

432

M'Cheyne, Rev. R. Murray, Memoirs
and Remains of

186
Moments of Thought.

101
Missionary Ship, John Williams,"

1 The

307

Missionary Ship “ Jubilee,” The 436
Morning of Life, The..

104
Mothers of England, The..

99
Musical Notation, The Sequential
System of

65
Nasmith, David, Memoirs of

260

National Temperance Advocate, The 269

Palestine, Lowthian's..

348

People's Family Bible, The ..... 307

People's Gallery of Engravings, The 306

Practical English Grammar, A 394, 435

Protestant Reformation in all Coun.

tries, The

13

Pulpit Cyclopædia, The

......... 148, 234
Sacramental Meditations

234
Sacred Biography

153

School , Hints on the Establishment of 194

Scripture Lessons for Lower Classes

and Monitors' Questions

352

Scripture Ilustrations

435
The Glory of the Redeemer...

472
The Hebrew Martyrs..

471
The Missionary's Reward

461
Trumpet Blown in Zion, The

193
Truth and Duty

234
Two Sermons on Death

435
Universal Atonement, Harmony of 394, 434
Young Composer, The

153

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Annual Assembly, Proceedings of.... 361
Anti-State Church Couference 166, 213
Aprleby and Warcup.

119
Baptist Missionary Society

245

British and Foreign Bible Society. 242

British and Foreign School Society 243

Bacup..

376

Methodist New Connexion

Yearly Collection

239
121

THE

WESLEYAN METHODIST ASSOCIATION

MAGAZIN E.

JANUARY, 1844.

MEMOIR OF THE LATE MRS. JANE RUTHERFORD.

OF BURY

By Mr. Robert Rutherford.

JANE, the beloved wife of the Rev. D. Rutherford, was born of respectable parents, at Edinburgh, in November, 1812, and was the only child of her parents. From her earliest days she was favoured with religious instruction, which was enforced by the exemplary Christian conduct, and fervent, ceaseless prayers of her truly affectionate and deeply pious father ; who was one of the excellent of the earth. This course of early training produced in her the most salutary effect, -it restrained her from indulging in the numerous follies and vices of youth, and gave to her mind a high tone of moral feeling, and a scrupulous desire to regulate her conduct according to the strictest moral principles. Being from her childhood regularly led to the sanctuary, her admiration of, and attachment to, the tabernacle of God grew with her growth, and strengthened with her st

!; and although for some years she only possessed the restraining grace of God, by which she was kept from indulging in sinful practices, yet such was her love for the sanctuary that she would frequently exclaim

“ How pleasant, how divinely fair,

O Lord of hosts, thy dwellings are."

Under the faithful proclamations of the Divine will by the Wesleyan ministry, her heart at length, like the heart of Lydia, was gently opened, and her mind gradually enlightened, to discern the true nature of the Christian religion in its experimental and practical power. Regarding it as her duty to unite herself more closely with the people of God, and conscious that it was a most inestimable privilege to share

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in the communion of saints, she, in the year 1830, joined the Wesleyan Methodist Society; and continued to be a consistent member of that church, until, from principle, she felt compelled to unite herself with the Wesleyan Methodist Association, of which she remained a steady and consistent member, until raised from the toils and sufferings of the church militant, to the joys and glories of the church triumphant.

Although she was the subject of an evident change of heart, and had received the pardoning grace of God, yet she could not refer with accuracy to the time when, and the place where, she received the pardon of sins and the Spirit of adoption. However, the reality of the divine change wrought in her was most strikingly displayed in her steadfast and scrupulous adherence to Christian principles, her ardent love to, and pleasure in, the means of grace, which became a source not only of admiration, but real spiritual profit, her love to all the saints, and utter detestation of all dissimulation.

Naturally possessing a melancholy and desponding disposition, her joy partook not of an extatic character. Her mental constitution frequently exerted a lessening influence on her spiritual enjoyments, and excited in her such an amount of anxiety, lest she should be found deceiving herself, that the time of her sojourning was passed, most emphatically, in fear. Her rejoicing was mingled with trembling to an extent, as was uncomfortable to herself, and to some persons, possessing a less tender conscience, highly unaccountable.

For some weeks prior to her death, she entertained a strong presentiment of her approaching dissolution, under the influence of which impression, her deep humility, her exemplary deadness to the world, her anxiety to be fully prepared for her Master's coming, became daily and increasingly evident. She dreaded not the consequences of death, knowing, that when absent from the body, she should be present with the Lord, which she regarded as bliss to be infinitely desired. She was assured of obtaining a victory over death and the grave; yet she feared the pains of dissolution, the conflict with her final foe.

On Tuesday, October 16th, 1843, she complained a little of illness, but strove to bear up under it. On the following day she was confined to her bed. Medical advice ing obtained, she was pronounced to be suffering under a severe attack of typhus fever. The fever continued to prey upon her system with alarming rapidity and force. The third night prior to her dissolution, she was asked, • Can you now confide in God?' To which she replied, “yes, all I want is every moment a sense of his pardoning love.' Shortly afterwards she became insensible; in which state she remained until her death. Her strength gradually declined, and the symptoms of her disease became increasingly alarming ; until the 27th of October, when, without a lingering groan, her spirit forsook its prison of clay, and was gently wafted home to God. Her mortal remains were committed to the dust in the Cemetry adjoining the Wesleyan Methodist Association Chapel in Bury. The Rev. J. Molineux, of Manchester, and the Rev. J. W. Gilchrist, of Hull, conducted the funeral service in a most solemn and impressive

manner.

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