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to the York circuit. This was the last scene of his earthly labour, his next removal being from earth to heaven. During his continuance in this circuit, excepting the circumstances connected with his death, there was little in his history that seems particularly deserving of attention. Only, it may be observed, in general, that his ministry was both popular and useful; and that wherever he was known he was esteemed; not only for his talents as a public speaker, but also for the charms of his conversation, and the virtues of his character. There is reason to believe that he continued, at the same time, to grow in personal piety; and that he was thus becoming more fully meet to be a partaker of the heavenly inheritance. But, during the third year of his continuance in that circuit, his health, which had hitherto been tolerably well maintained, began visibly to decline. It has already been observed, that when about thirteen years of age his constitution received considerable injury, and the effect of this injury was now becoming alarmingly apparent; especially in the increased feebleness of his digestive powers. Under these circumstances he was no longer adequate even to the regular labour of the circuit; and still less was he adequate to the toil of those additional engagements which he was called upon to undertake. Very early in the winter of 1826-7, and before there was any serious apprehension in the minds of his friends that he would be under the necessity of desisting from his work, he was heard to remark that he had gone beyond his strength, and that he feared he should be obliged, at the ensuing conference, to solicit the indulgence of an easier circuit. Still, until compelled to do so by absolute necessity, he was unwilling to allow himself any relaxation of his labour.
In January, 1827, in compliance with repeated and
very urgent solicitations, he paid a visit to Nottingham. His friends in York endeavoured to dissuade him from attempting the journey, as the weather was excessively cold, and there was deep snow upon the ground; but, on the whole, he thought it his duty to go. Unhappily, having engaged to preach at Tadcaster on his return, and having been unable to obtain a place in any of the day-coaches, he travelled, for the purpose of fulfilling that engagement, by one of the night-coaches as an outside passenger. The consequence of this exposure was, that he returned home with a severe cold, and was much enfeebled.
The day on which he returned to York was a very tempestuous one; and he was therefore very strongly urged by one who saw the weakness of his state not to expose himself to farther injury by going that day to one of the country places in the circuit where he was expected to preach. But though it was engaged that one of his colleagues would supply his place, he could not be persuaded to accept the offer, as he had not preached at the place in question for some time; and he hoped that he might not, perhaps, sustain much injury by going. The weather, however, was much worse than he had anticipated, and, having to ride several miles through the rain, he very much increased his indisposition. He was afterward repeatedly exposed to some of the severest storms that occurred throughout the winter; and the result of all was, that on February 4th, after having preached twice with considerable difficulty, he was obliged to desist at once and altogether from his labour.
Of the state of his mind during the long and tedious illness which ensued, the report given by those who constantly attended him, and by others who were his
frequent visiters, is very satisfactory. His general state was one of calmness and peace; but occasionally he felt in so remarkable a manner the gracious presence of his God that, as he said, he was almost constrained to cry out, "Lord, stay thy hand, lest the clay tabernacle break!" As his bodily strength declined, so did his inward tranquillity more and more abound. Patience had her perfect work. Not a murmur at any time escaped his lips, nor did he seem to harbour a repining thought. The only thing respecting which he was accustomed to express any particular anxiety was, that he should be disabled from attending to his duties as an itinerant preacher. But even to this, as it was the Lord's doing, he was at last cheerfully resigned. His thankfulness for every little attention that was paid him was very remarkable, as well as his cheerful acquiescence in the means employed for his recovery.
In compliance with the suggestion of his medical advisers, he was taken in the latter end of May to Croft, near Darlington. For a few days after he arrived there the change of air seemed to be very beneficial; but afterward he began to decline with alarming rapidity. After remaining there about a month, no benefit appearing likely to result from his longer continuance, he was removed to the house of his brother at Carville, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The journey having been accomplished with great difficulty, it was evident that he was near his end, and all hope of his recovery was entirely abandoned.
Two or three days before his death, when it was communicated to him that, probably, he had only a few days to live, he appeared for a moment to be startled by this unexpected information; but very soon recovering himself, he said, "Well, God cannot err. All that he
conceive that Dr. M'Allum's eloquence was of the first and highest order. His oratory was the sweet, even flow of a beautiful river; never the swell of the flood, or the bound of the torrent. His preaching was not so profound as it was agreeable; not so argumentative as it was persuasive. He was more Apollos than Paul; more Barnabas than Peter; a son of consolation, rather than a son of thunder. His speech was not the mighty, sweeping rain, but a gentle, soft, insinuating dew. In his public discourse there was often a delightful richness and range of language; and, when dealing with some subjects, his acquaintance with science and philosophy contributed much to his advantage. On this, as on other accounts, his ministry was singularly acceptable to persons of taste and education, and uncommonly attractive to young and inquiring minds."
A few days after his decease, a notice of his character and talents as a preacher appeared in a letter from an anonymous correspondent, of another religious denomination, addressed to the editor of one of the Berwick-upon-Tweed newspapers. As an incidental, but very striking confirmation, of the character given by Mr. Beaumont, the letter is inserted here. Excepting one or two omissions, it is as follows:- "Notwithstanding the brief record which you have already given of the death of Dr. M'Allum in your last paper, I trust no apology is requisite for again calling to your recollection that melancholy event; possessing, as he did, such pre-eminent talents and worth, and interesting as every memorial of his character must be to such as enjoyed the gratification of his eloquence and piety, in his occasional visits to this town during the recent ministry of his reverend and venerable father in the Wesleyan Methodist chapel in this place.
"It is only on his character as a preacher and a pulpit-orator, and on those qualities and indications of mind which he evinced in the discharge of his public functions, that I mean at present to remark. Gifted with the possession of an original and talented mind, furnished and embellished with extensive acquisitions of knowledge and learning, possessing a powerful, clear, and impressive mode of pronunciation, and all urged into diligent and continual exertion by the fervent and determined piety of a highly spiritual mind, it was to have been expected that, with whatever denomination of Christians he united, he was destined by Providence to hold a prominent station and commanding influence among them.
"In the pulpit he was distinguished more by the varied assemblage of those qualities which, while they constituted general excellence, gave no marked prominence to any particular quality, but, mixed together, rendered him truly a master in Israel, a workman that needed not to be ashamed. His discourses generally commenced with a calm and methodical arrangement, exhibited much originality of thought as well as logical accuracy, until aroused into a flight of animation by some peculiar and awakening sentiment, on which occasion his eloquence and genius pre-eminently appeared. Such as heard his last sermon while here will not soon forget the impassioned ardour with which he depicted the wild commotion, the jarring conflict, and the rude disruption of the elements of nature; as he advanced these things in evidence that man in his present state was at enmity with their Author, and at variance with the regulations of his moral government. Occasionally, his sentiments were couched in apophthegms, terse, pungent, and striking. His method as a