Joseph Kingwill

August 20th 1858

At Southampton, in the 76th year of his age, Mr Joseph Kingwill. From a child he feared the Lord, and in 1813 he experience a saving change. In the order of providence he was called to undergo varied severe and protracted trials, but in submission to the divine will he was enabled to say, “Shall we receive good at the hands of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil?” and to hold fast his integrity. He was a judicious Class Leader, and a punctual and laborious Local Preacher. He loved the means of grace; and when he had retired from business, he sought and found a residence near the public sanctuary, saying in his heart, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the pace where Thine honour dwelleth.” The closing part of his life was peaceful and spiritual. His last words were, “O, the converting grace of God! What should I do now, were it not for the converting grace of God?” In 5 minutes after this his last testimony to the power of grace, he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. MI

Methodist Magazine 1858 p 960

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