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God. Having kneeled down, and lifted up his soul to the Lord, his attention was directed to that blessing which he most needed and desired; and while engaged in fervent and believing supplication, the Holy Ghost, the sanctifier of the elect people of God, descended and fested upon him as a refining fire, purifying his soul from sin, impressing upon it in more legible characters the divine image. Then did he experience what the poet has so beautifully expressed :
The' o'erwhelming power of saving grace,
And all the silent heaven of love. The operation of the senses seemed for a time to be suspended; while his soul was absorbed in the contemplation of the divine glory, and blessed with a more delightful communion with God than he had ever previously enjoyed. This gracious visitation left behind it every scriptural mark of its author and nature, ir the removal of every disposition contrary to the love of God and man; such as pride, anger, peevishness, and evil desire; while it gave a greater elevation to the views and affections of his soul, enabling him to enter more fully into the enjoyment of God, and conformity to his will.
About five weeks elapsed between his attainment of justification through faith in the death and intercession of Christ, and his entrance into this higher state of grace. From that time, bis views of Christian privileges became greatly enlarged. He considered himself now as called to be filled with the Spirit; the fruit of which is love, joy, peace, &c.: he therefore said to his Christian friends, “I cannot be satisfied barely with peace, when I know it is my privilege to rejoice in the Lord always." To one he said, “I cannot lie down to sleep without spiritual enjoya ment. You must not think that I have it without labour. My prayers, sometimes in the morning, seem to fail of reaching the mark; but I come again and again, until I feel my soul refreshed from the presence of the Lord, with the joy of the Holy Ghost; and if it have been withheld through the day, I have at night continued in ferrent supplication, till my soul was blessed with divine love and joy. For many years I have not lain down to rest, without a consciousness of the divine goodness resting on my spirit, giving me strong consolation."
It was his practice, when his children were at home, to visit their apartments just before he retired to rest ; and frequently has he said to them, out of the abundance of a heart filled with unspeakable joy in God, and with the design of impressing them with the high importance and substantial happiness of a pious and holy life, “My dear children, your father's soul is unspeakably happy in God; and if he should die this night, he has no doubt of being received into heaven.” During the forty-five years that he was a member of the Methodist Society, and indeed one of its most distinguished ornaments, such was his diffidence, and the mean opinion that he entertained of his qualifications to fill any office in the church, that it was with some difficulty he could be induced to accept the office of a Class-Leader, or of a Steward. But while he held these offices, he faithfully discharged their several duties, and was highly esteemed and beloved by the Preachers and the Society; especially by the Class which was committed to his care. The high opinion entertained of his deep piety, led strangers from neighbouring Societies to visit his Class, at the time of their meeting, that they might be instructed and edified by his prayers, pious counsels, and deep Christian experience. If any of these happened to be of the more respectable class of society, and esteemed sensible, he would, if possible, get some other person to meet the Class for him. If at any time, on a visit to his Christian friends in the neighbourhood, he was requested to meet a Class, he very seldom could be prevailed upon to consent,-although this was a work for which his deep piety eminently qualified him,--such was his diffidence and modesty ; but when he did engage in this exercise, it proved, in almost every case, a great blessing to all present. In prayer, his language was clear, simple, and pointed, and highly expressive of deep humility, lively confidence, and fervent gratitude; and it seemed as if he generally had power with God, and prevailed. One particular instance may be mentioned. In the beginning of the year 1795, many persons in the neighbourhood of Tuckingmill were truly awakened to a discovery of their guilt and danger, as sinners against God. One of these, a young man about eighteen years of age, went to his employment in deep distress, which became so great as to render him incapable of proceeding in his work. He left it, and went to Mr. Burrall, to ask his advice. When Mr. Burrall saw how he was affected, and heard his account of the state of his mind, he took him into the chapel, and shut the door ; when they both kneeled before God in fervent and importunate prayer. Mr. Burrall was favoured with great freedom of access to God, and became mighty in prayer; and while pleading for mercy on behalf of the poor penitent kneeling by his side, the prayer was heard in heaven, and answered in the immediate deliverance of the labouring and heavy-laden soul from fear, and guilt, and grief, and shame. The young man returned to his work rejoicing in God his Saviour, and continued to the close of his life, which took place in May, 1824, a steady, consistent Christian, and died in the full triumph of faith. They prayed and wept together on earth, and now they rejoice and triumph together in heaven. Another instance may be mentioned, in which the efficacy of his fervent prayers, and pious counsels, recommended as they were by the meekness and gentleness of his spirit, and softness of his manner, led to the happiest result; though not so suddenly as in the case just mentioned. A friend from Mullion, in the Helston Circuit, visited him under im
pressions of the excellence and importance of true religion ; when, by the religious duties in which they united, and the suitable advice he received, he became more powerfully affected with the view of his fallen state, and great unhappiness; destitute as he was of the favour, peace, and love of God. He returned home with a broken and a contrite heart, and soon after obtained pardon and peace, through faith in the blood of the Lamb.
Another friend from the same place paid him a visit, when he pressed upon him the necessity of going on to Christian perfection. His friend said, “ How am I to attain the blessing?” To which he replied, “ It is received through faith, a simple act of faith in Christ :” and as they further conversed together, the way was made so plain to the mind of the inquirer, that he was enabled to believe with the heart, so as to obtain the blessing he greatly desired.
The views and feelings of Mr. Burrall had nothing in them offensive to right reason, or divine truth; his religion was sober and scriptural. When others have spoken to him of spiritual dreams and visions, he has said, “I never experienced any thing of the kind : I see through a glass darkly; but this I know, that ere long I shall see my Saviour face to face.”
His liberality to the cause of God, and the poor, was answerable to his piety, and the means with which Providence had blessed him; and in his death both have sustained a great loss. He was guided by the strictest integrity in all his temporal transactions, and has left a high character for fair and honourable dealings. To the faults of others he was compassionate and tender, but he manifested no small degree of solicitude to reclaim and save offenders, of which the following instance is a proof :-A woman in the neighbourhood came one day to his shop for some article which he sold, and there happening to lie some goods on the counter, as he turned about to get what she wanted, she took something and put it under her cloak; but before she could accomplish her purpose his eye glanced at the transaction, and he charged her with the theft. This she at first denied, but was ultimately obliged to confess her fault and restore his property. She was about to leave the shop hastily, when he stopped her, and said, with his characteristic simplicity and affection, “Stay, good woman, we must first go to prayer.” Whether his merciful efforts were followed by any beneficial effects to the unhappy woman, I have not been able to learn.
Lord Bacon somewhere says, “ Virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant by being crushed.” So the excellence of cur departed friend's character appeared in the manner in which he met and encountered his trials and conflicts. He was no stranger to strong, and sometimes continued, assaults from the powers of darkness. Not unfrequently, while engaged in his business, and attending his customers, the enemy has come in like a food, presenting suggestions of a most painful description to the pious soul of Mr. Burrall. These he met with the shield
of faith, and a humble appeal to heaven. Having a convenient place for retirement connected with his shop, he fled thither, and lifting up his soul to God, he would say, “ Lord, save me;" and if the temptation was renewed, he returned, and again cried to the strong for strength. Thus did he war a good warfare, and fight the good fight of faith; and he was made more than conqueror, through the Captain of his salvation. He was exercised by other trials of a painful nature, and from a quarter which added tenfold to their weight; but he fainted not, neither grew weary in his mind. Prayer to God was his refuge, and a never-failing source of support and consolation to his mind. This was the element in which his soul lived and breathed, and to which, under the mercy of God, and the mediation of Christ, he was mainly indebted for the high attainments he reached, and the deep enjoyments with which he was favoured, as well as the distinguished excellence of character to which he rose. I have no desire to represent him as more than human. He was a man, and a subject of infirmity. They who knew him best, and who most highly esteemed him, admit that there was in him a too great easiness of disposition, and readiness to yield to that in others which he would not allow in bimself, and to think more favourably of doubtful characters than they deserved. Here, they say, his love sometimes went to excess, and his desire of peace to a want of firmness in discountenancing what was reprehensible. But how light is this when weighed in the balance with his general excellence !
We may well suppose that a period of forty-five years, devoted to the bervice of God, during the whole of which, excepting a few months, he lived uninterruptedly in the perfect love of God, would be followed by a happy and triumphant end. About twelve months before his death, he began to decline in his health, and complained of great weakness and pain, which he bore with much patience. As he continued gradually to be come worse, his family requested that they might be allowed to call in medical assistance, to which he consented, but not until Monday, Nov. 2d, 1825, when his state was considered dangerous. A friend calling to see him on the afternoon of that day, he said, “ I am almost at my journey's end; but I have no condemnation, dread, or fear. I have known my best Friend for forty-five years, and have a desire to go home to see him ; but if I am saved into heaven, it will be all through the merit of Christ.” On the following Thursday, finding himself sinking very fast, he called his family together to take his leave of them ; when he gave each of them his advice and dying charge. The scene was truly affecting. To his wife he gare the most affectionate counsel. His son and daughter he entreated to prepare to meet him in heaven; and for his daughter he said he would pray as long as he had breath. On Friday, the 11th, his brother, Mr. Paul Burrall, came to take his leave of him. They were both much affected at the thought of separation, after having lived near each other, and been brethren in Christ for many years. His brother, with the family, asked him some questions relative to his funeral; to which he replied, that they might do with his body as they thought proper. “I am nothing," he added, “but a sinner saved by grace.” It is probable that, on this day, Satan made his last assault, as this dying Christian said, “ Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour ; so that while in this world, we are no longer safe, than while hanging on the arm of Jesus.” In the evening his mind was delighted. with the prospect that lay before him, and he put forth all his strength in singing the following verse :-
“ Come, O thou traveller unknown,
Whom still I hold, but cannot see ;
And wrestle till the break of day." This night, after he had lain quiet for some time, he called his son to him, and said, “ Edward, my dear, have you not heard me express my fears of dying, and of the manner in which I should be able to pass through death?” His son answered, “ Yes.” To which the father added, " I believe I am now dying; and if this be death, I can say, O the pain, the bliss of dying !” On the following morning he said but little ; but such words as the family heard and could understand, were expressive of strong confidence in God; and about nine o'clock the weary wheels of life stood still, and he exchanged mortality and suffering for the full and everlasting enjoyment of God in glory, in the sixty-sixth year of his age.
MEMOIR OF MRS. ELIZABETH HASWELL,
Of Leeds : BY HER HUSBAND, THE REV. JOHN PARTES HASWELL. The late Mrs. Haswell was born at Appleton, near York, in the year 1788. Mr. Mollett, her father, in early life was brought to the knowledge of God in the Church of England. In the year 1794 a Methodist Local Preacher obtained leave to preach in his barn. In summer, however, the barn being otherwise occupied, the preaching was removed into Mr. Mollett's house, where it remained until he fitted up a cottage for a preaching-room. The preaching was continued every other Sunday for three years, when it was agreed to invite the Itinerant Preachers. Mr. Michael Emmett paid them a visit, when the religious services were attended with an influence never to be forgotten by those who were present; and eleven persons agreed to unite in Society. Mr. Mollett conceived it would be renouncing the Church to join the Methodists: but he wished all those who had received spiritual good under their mig