Wesleyan Memorial Index - St. Austell
extracted from "The King's England" J. Mosman, OPC
The Wesleyan Methodists have a large and commodious chapel in the town of St. Austell. The principal front is built of ashlar-work, of Pentewan stone, surmounted with a pediment of Portland stone, of which the handsome portico is also constructed. There is a tasteful entrance through well-kept shrubbery. Marble tablets bear the following epitaphs:
"O God, we consecrate this place, An offering to our Saviour's grace, And pray thy blessings may descend, Within its walls, till time shall end."
"Under the ministry of Dr. Adam Clarke, in 1785, Samuel Drew, A.M. joined the Methodist society of St. Austell. Endowed with powerful intellect he maintained for more than forty years, both from the pulpit and the press, the truth of vital religion; proved by his life its hallowing influence, and died March 29th, 1833,in the full assurance of faith. His father, Joseph Drew, died in 1814, having been 65 years a Methodist."
"In memory of Richard Glanville, the original lessee of these premises, who departed this life Feb 9, 1834, aged 72 years. And of George Michael, the architect of this chapel, who died March the 24th, 1841; aged 76 years. Both of whom were converted to God in early life, under the ministries of the Rev. Francis Wrigley and Dr. Adam Clarke, and for more than half a century maintained their christian course. The first was a faithful class-leader and steward,the latter a zealous preacher of the gospel and leader. They both closed their useful lives in peace, and in sure and certain hope of a glorious resurrection. This tablet is erected by their christian friends as a testimony of respect, to record their piety and devotedness to the service of God."
"This marble is designed to record the revered memory of Isabella, the wife of the Rev. Richard Ray, Wesleyan minister, who, having uniformly adorned the gospel of God, her Saviour, by a life equally devoted and exemplary, was summoned to her reward September the 6th, 1837, in the 40th year of her age."
"Sacred to the memory of the Rev. Thomas Rogers, Wesleyan minister, who died July 9th, 1864. For more than 50 years he laboured as a faithful minister of the Lord Jesus Christ with zeal, ability, and success. His superior intelligence and sound judgement secured the respect of all who knew him, and his cheerful, loving spirit, especially endeared him to the members of his numerous family. Full of days, rich in faith and love, he finished his earthy course, and entered into his heavenly rest in the 80th year of his age."
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