Sarah Tingley Husband Bishop Matthew Simpson 19 June 19884

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Sarah Tingley Husband Bishop Matthew Simpson
HAKRLSBTJRGr, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 19,1884. at - a as no - of to his he tor be relations, to - ihe bill - - for expected Mr. the A - W. R, T - - - - i c to prohibitory people. W. oi to Lo the Hon. were Gen. en after El - for - He who. endorsed delegates. - J. II. W. The met - Keso - the a for is move F, Con as State se to nomi to A GREAT CHURCHMAN GONE. THE SENIOR BISHOP OF THE CHURCH DEAD. M. E Last Hours of Matthew Simpson - Sketch ot His Extraordinary Career His Great Services to the Church and the State. . Secret of His Power as an Oratpr and Preacher &c Matthew Simpson, senior Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States, a brief announcement of whose death appeared among the telegraphic dispatches in yesterday's last edition of the Telegraph, passed quietly into eternity eternity yesterday morning at 8:40, at his residence, residence, 1834 Arch street, Philadelphia. He was unconscious when death came, and had not spoken since Sunday morn - ins. Sometimes during the last days he was thought to show some signs of recog - . nition, but whether he actually knew or not that be was being called to his aci count could not be determined. Ilia wife, his sou and all his daughters except one, were at his bedside when he died,. The cause of death was exhaustion, due to overwork and his great age. All through vesterdav dispatches and. messaees ol condolence came to :iu&. house. One was ,Irom uov. fau?son. and another from ex President Hayes. Prominent among the callers were BishOpt Stevens. General Clinton B Fieke; arrived arrived from Seabright early in the day; and took the care of the Bishop's funeral: rites from his family. ; ' r ; Uisliop Simpson will oe imneu , iroui the Arch Street Methodist church proba - - bly on next Tuesday. He leaves a wife, - a son and lour daughters, ine oiuest' daughter is the wife of Colonel James R.; Weaver, ol West Virginia, unitea euues Consul General at Vienna. The second" daughter is the wife of Rev. Charlea W. Buoy, pastor or Ebenezer churcn, inis city. Sybil and Ida, the other two daughters, are unmarried. Theson.vef - ner Simpson, is a lawyer of this city and was Assistant City Solicitor during Mr. West's term. A meeting of Methodist ministers has been called for to day in Wesley Hall to Uke action upon the death of the Bishop. Sketch of an Ex'raordinary Career. Matthew Simpson was born in Cadiz, '. Ohio, on June 21st. 1811, and his death occurred only three davs before jhisi seventy - third birthday. He was the son of James Simpson and Sarah Tingtey." James Simpson, the father, was of Irish birth, and a man of sterling characterand strong mind, tie emigrated to this coun - . try with his parents when only . thirteen years of age. The family first settled in nununguon county, fa., alter waraa .removing .removing to Pittsburg and finally to Cadiz, Ohio, where James, the father of the sub - iect of the present sketch, was married to Sarah Tingley, the daughter ot a evo lutionary soldier. There were born of this marriage three children Matthew and two daughters. Matthew completed his education at Madison College, Pennsylvania, since merged into Allegheny College, Mead - ville. After graduating he studied medicine medicine and began practicing in 1833, being then but twenty - two years of age. He had been converted while in college fend soon became impressed with the idea mat he was called to preach the Uospel. With out previous training beyond his classical studies at college he was admitted to the Pittsburg Conference in 1833 and given the circuit in which he lived. The following following year he was stationed at Pitts burg, where be remained two years, dur ing which time he was married to Miss Ellen II. Verner. He was appointed by the conference of 1836 to the Mononga - hela Uity charge, which was his last pas. toral charge, and where he remained but One year, having been elected vice president and professor of natural sciences for Allegheny College. This position he filled two years, being elected in 1839 president of Indiana Asbury University which onice ne continued to nil lor nine years. In 1818 he was chosen editor ot the "Western Christian Advocate" and removed to Cincinnati, filling that re sponsible position for four years. At the Boston General Conference in 1852 he was chosen Bishop, having nearly com pleted his fortieth year, eighteen years of which he had spent as preacher, teacher and editor. . Uls Elevation to the Bishopric. At the time of his election to the epis copacy vaugn, Morris and james were tho only active bishop3. Scott, Baker and Ames wrerc elevated to the episcopacy along with him, making the number of active bishops seven, all of whom he sur vived. During the ensuing year he re ceived the degree of doctor ot divinity irom tne w esieyan v niversity ana subso quently that of LL. D. was bestowed upon him by the same institution. The General Conference which met at Indian apolis in 1850 elected him a fraternal dele gate to the Irish and British con ferences, the sessions of. which he at tended m the following year. While abroad at this time he visited Ber liu as a delegate to the Evangelical Alii ance, alter which lie spent a year traveling traveling in Europe, Asia, Palestine and Egypt, ! returning very much debilitated in health. After resting a year he was elected president president of the Garrett Biblical Institute at Evanston, 111., where he moved with hi3 family from Pittsburg. Owing to the heavy demands made upon his time in the performance of his Episcopal duties he was unable to give much personal su - pervision to the atiairs ot the institution. . . . . . . how ever. When the war broke out and the fate of the nation trembled in the balance balance Bishop Simpson became one of the staunchest friends of the Union cause, be ingable by his great influence to throw the whole weight of the Methodist body north of Mason and Dixon's lino into the scale on the side of loyalty to the Government. Government. He was the trusted confidential confidential adviser of both President Lincoln and Secretary Stanton, and early urged the President to emancipate the slaves. When the Prssidcnt was assassinated he offered the prayer before the funeral pro - cession, siarieu irum uie v mie House and delivered the address at Springfield when the body was deposited in the tomb. Important and Efl'ective Work Abroad. After the inauguration of President' Johnson Bishop Simpson was urged bv Secretary Stanton to organize the Freed - men's Bureau, which he declined to do, as it would involve the neglect of his episcopal episcopal work, upon whicli his heart was hxed. For a like reason he declined the appointment of Commissioner to San Do mingo tendered by General Grant. He was selected to complete the work as signed to Bishop Kingsley abroad and who died at Beyrout, April 0, 1870. While abroad at this time he visited the Swedish, Norwegian and English Conferences. . In 1874 he visited Mexico, Mexico, where he succeeded in establish - . ; . 1 . l , . ing missions, aim m tue loiiowing year weni auroau again as a ueiegaxe to the European conferences. In September. 1881, he preached the opening sermon at the Ecumenical Council, held in the City uoaci cnapei, ljonuon, wnicn was built by Wesley, the founder ot Methodism, During the same month lie delivered an address before a large number of Enjr lishmen and Americans, called together on account ot President Uartleld s death, He closed this memorial address with the sentiment, "God bless tho Queen for her womanly sympathy ana queenly cour tesy, both speaker and sentiment be ing applauded to the echo. Since his return from this trip abroad it has been very apparent to his friends that his advancing years and multiplied labors were telling upon him, and efforts have been made to induce him to take needed rest, which he did very reluctantly. He was barely able, at the expense of no inconsiderable inconsiderable suffering, to preside at the opening exercises of the recent General Conference in this city. He also took part in the consecration of the newly - elected Bishops and delivered the fare well address at the final adjournment, of . 1. i a I uuw uouy. in addition to the purely ecclesiastical work performed by Bishop Simpson, he delivered lectures on various public topics, which were listened to by admir ing thousands. The most notable of these discourses wa3 one entitled "The a uture ot Our Country," and another on ismarck and the Franco - Prussian War." He delivered a course of lectures on preaching before the students of Yale college, and was the author of a work entitled " ne Hundred Years of Method. ism, as well as an Encyclopedia of Methodism. Character of His Services. Whether his work be eference to the number of vears over which it extended or with re - rirrl to its wide range and eeneral effectiveness, it. stands in the very front rank of that done oy tne loremost of the great Methodist eaders. Of the Ihirtv - five men who have been elected to the Episcopal office of the Methedist body during the hundred years of its existence prior to the meet ing of the late general conference, onlv sjfe" viz.. Coke, Asbury, Roberts, An - orew, Janes and Baker, were vounger tnan he when chosen, and the terms of only four, Soule. Andrew. Morris and Janes, extended over a longer period. As apreacuer he was wonderfully simple, straightforward and earnest. The secret of his wonderful eloquence appeared to be chiefly in his earnestness. He believed believed the gospel he preached with all his neari ana ne made those who heard him believe it also. Great as he was as a preacher.he was no less great in his comprehension comprehension of public affairs. No man was better posted in the public movements of me aay, both in our own and foreign countries. This is attested bv the keen foresight displayed in his lectures on pub lic questions. He saw the tendencies of the political movements of the nineteenth century with a much surer insight than most ot his contemporaries who gave their whole time to public affairs. This is attested in a remarkable manner by a comparison of his lecture on uismarcK ana tne a ranco - Prussian war with one delivered by Charles Sumner on the same subject at the same period and in not a few instances from the same platform. In view of subsequent events it is very apparent that the eloquent divine divine saw quite as clearly as did his gifted contemporary the causes which led to this terrible European upheaval, upheaval, as well as its ultimate effects. The contemporary and trusted counselor ot intellectual giants ot the last halt century, century, he was a giant himself in intellect ual and moral power, aud his death will be a great loss, not only to the body ot which to was so conspicuous a member, but to humanity the world over. SHOT AND A BANKRUPT. Hanker Cooper, of Montrose, Makes an As signment. Montrose, June 19. A run was started on the bank of William II. Cooper & Co., on Monday morning, demands be ing made for the payments of certificates of deposit in most cases by parties living away trom the town, who had grown timid, owing to the attempt made by Joe Drinker to assassinate Mr. Cooper. Hie generally believed report was that his in juries were tatal and that the ousincss would be closed, the DanK paid ae - mands for a few hours and then sus pended payment, it was supposed until such time as tunus coum dc maae availa ble to pay the demands and stand a run if necessary. . Yesterday the bank was not open. On Tuesday judgments were entered by Hunting Cooper, father ot William II. Cooper, and Averry Frank against William William II. Cooper for about $41,000, and yesterday Mr. Cooper made an assignment assignment to Hon. William H. Jessup for the benefit of bis creditors. :;. There is much uneasiness among the creditors of the bank as to the final outcome outcome of the affair, but, until the assignee can make an examination of the bank's affairs, and know what the resources arc, no one can tell what the result will be. No one seems to know what security Mr. Cooper may have for loans or how they were made. Mr. Cooper's condition yesterday was about the same. Drinker attempted sui cide again last evening by cutting his wrists with a piece of broken glass, but failed in the effort to kill himself. A DAY IN CONGRESS. Washington. June 19. In the U. S. Senate yesterday, a message was received from the House announcing its concur rence in the Senate amendments to the Fitz John Porter bill, which now goes to the President. The Utah bill was taken up and, after further debate, passed fin ally, by a vote of 33 to 15. It now goes to the House. After disposing of this bill the Senate adjourned. In the House a lurtiier conterence was ordered on the postofflce appropriation bill. Mr. Miller, of Pennsylvania, offered "as a Question of privilege a resolution declaring James R. Chalmers entitled to the seat irom tne oeconu uistrici oi jm - sissinni. Mr. Thompson, ot Kentucky, raised the "question of consideration," and the House refused to consider the resolution veas. 68 : nays, 129. The contested case oi uampDeu vs. morey, from Ohio, was then called up; the "ques tion of considerrtion" was raised by Mr. Thomnson of Kentucky, and the House refused to consider the case. The House thpin nroceeded to the consideration of the Pacific railroad bill, known as the Thurman amendment bill. After debate the previous question was ordered, and tha House took a recess until 10 o'clock this morning. . DEATH OF REV. UK. ISAAU UK1CK, Ttnv. Isaac Grier, D. D., a brother of Judge Robert C. Grier, of the Supreme Court of the United States, died at his residence in Miflunburg, Union county, Pa., on Tuesday morning last, lie wras bom in Jersey Shore, Pa., m 1800. In 1835 he was elected pastor of the Buffalo Presbvterian church in Union county, and continued to be such up to the time of his death, a period of forty - nine years. He preached at Paxton church, in this county, about two weeks ago. He was graduate of Dickinson college, a pol ished - speaker, and an ettective worker in hi3 Master's vineyard. A BUSINESS MAN'S SUICIDE. New York, June 19. S. Waldo Sib lev, a partner of the firm of John Bremer & . Co., dry goods commission merchants, committed suicide yesterday in his private office by cutting his throat with a razor. Mr. io:ey was louna ly ing dead on the floor of his office by Henry Noyes, a s - m of the senior partner of the firm. The razor was lying at Ins side, and he had evidently been dead but short time No one was able to throw nnv lnrht. nnon the motive for the crime. Mr. Sibley leaves a wife. . , AN AUXILIARY TO THE . A. It. June. 19. The Woman's Tiniipf Corns, an auxiliary to the Grand the Renublic. met in conven it imr vesterdav for the purpose l.Uv,. - J - - - ;natitiitinT a BiaiB liepai miem. xxia. U. Nichols, of Auburn, N. Y., president of the National Department, ana many other leading officers of the society present. Eight corps, reproEented sixty delegates irom an parts ot tne State, are in attendance. A National conven tion wiQ be held at Minneapolis on July

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Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)19 Jun 1884, ThuPage 1
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