Methodist Personalities E...


Gaulter, John -1839, WM
Brief mention in G. Slater Chronicles of Lives and Religion in Cheshire, London 1891 p283, in associatiuon with opening of Natwich chapel - described as 'a most remarkable man in his day'.
Garrett, Philip, 1769-1843, WM
Born IoM; entered into ministry 1799, was superintendent Rochdale circuit during 1835 Warren secession - effectively lost control as originally sympathetic to some of reform ideas. (cf Gowland Methodist Secessions Chetham Soc CS29 1979)
Quoted from Rosser (Letter7): "The late Philip Garrett, also, was a native of Mona, and, as you very well know, a most excellent, intelligent, and faithful minister for many years. He commenced his labours in the year 1799 and continued, for more than forty-three years, to discharge the duties of his sacred office with fidelity and zeal. The conference record, after stating that he was born at Douglas, in the Isle of Man, proceeds thus:- " In early life he became truly devoted to God; his conversion was indisputable and clear, his piety was sincere and uniform, being maintained by a continued growth in grace, and an habitual and useful employment in the service of Christ. He entered the Christian ministry in 1799, which he was enabled to exercise with an unblemished reputation for upwards of forty-three years. He lived in a state of crucifixion to the world, and 'coveted no man's silver or gold, or apparel.' The poor of Christ's flock were the constant objects of his solicitude and care, by whom, and by the people of his charge in general, he was much beloved. He possessed great simplicity of character; his manners were affable and frank, and his professions without guile. He manifested strong sense, and exhibited great originality in thought and expression; his attainments in some departments of natural science were highly respectable; his discourses from the pulpit were often accompanied with much divine unction and power, which were graciously continued as long as he was permitted to engage in the services of the sanctuary, so that he spoke of the last scene of his labours in connection with the militant church, as having been the happiest of his life. He was brought 'to death and to the house appointed for all living' by a lingering illness; but when informed that there existed no hope of his recovery, he said, 'I know it. I do not wish to recover, for I long to die.' A short time before his dissolution, he observed, ' My final hour is come. I am in sight of the port, and there are those that wait to welcome me: I rest on the great atonement, which has been the subject of my ministry.' He died January 31st, 1843, in the seventy-fourth year of his age."
Biography: R. Felvus The Methodist Preacher: or recollections of the late Rev. Philip Garrett London:1864
Gawne, John
First recorded society was in the home of John Gawne, who became a local preacher. It is recorded that Gawne, together with a man named Morrison, took over the preaching at Douglas, walking barefoot all the way, and washing their feet in the Ballaquayle Stream before preaching in their 'respectable' boots.
Gick, John -1836, WM
Quoted from Rosser (Letter7): John Gick was a native of the Isle of Man, and was called into our general work in the year 1821. "He laboured for several years as a missionary in the West Indies, where he suffered much from personal and family affliction; in consequence of which it was found necessary for him to return to his native land. His piety was sound, and characterised by simplicity and affection. His talents as a preacher were acceptable and useful; and he was faithful and diligent. In his last affliction he enjoyed great and uninterrupted peace with God through Christ; and exchanged mortality for life, May 28th, 1836."



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