Newman, Joseph (1813-1835)
Died, February 28,1835, at Hannington in Wiltshire, Joseph Newman, in the 22nd year of his age. In early life he was led into ungodliness, and was a persecutor. But at a Camp meeting held at Stratton, the Lord arrested him in his wild career. And afterwards at a Lovefeast held at Hannington, he got savingly converted to God.
Joseph was a man of much prayer; and becoming a servant at a farmer’s house, he frequently, before the hour for bed, would retire into a field, where he has been heard praying and praising God.
Being honest and upright, he was much respected by his master. Grace had taught him obedience to his master, as a servant of Christ. He was diligent at the means of grace, and scarcely ever absent from his class.
He was a strong advocate for the cause of religion; and would assist it with pecuniary aid according to his abilities; and was blessed with those graces that adorn the Christian character.
He was seized with a fever which soon put an end to his life and labours, and acts of benevolence. He was not heard to murmur against the Lord, but previous to his death, having a conflict, he observed, “I have often said I was sure of heaven; but now I do not know where I shall go.” But after this dark dispensation, he broke into rapturous strains, “Now I can tell where I am going; I am going to Jesus.” And casting his eves upwards, he said, “How beautiful! — Jesus is waiting.” And with triumphant shouts of glory, and without a groan, he fell asleep in Jesus.
A great number of members from the adjoining villages, attended his funeral, and walked in procession, two and two, and sung from the house to the church. The procession had a grand and heavenly appearance. Oh that we may meet him in heaven!
By the request of the society, I improved his death, from Rev. xiv. 18, to an overflowing congregation. I preached with good liberty. Many wept; others rejoiced at such a happy death.
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Page 277.