BROOKES, Thomas 1816 - 1899

Obituary Minutes of Conference 1899

Thomas Brookes : born at Birmingham, November 28, 1816. He found peace with God at a cottage prayer-meeting, and immediately began to work for Christ.

In 1838 he entered the Ministry, and for forty-six years did the work of a Methodist preacher honestly and well.

At the Conference of 1884 he became a Supernumerary, retiring first to Catford, in the Lewisham . Circuit, and then to Hitchin. He was a diligent student, and prepared for the pulpit with habitual care.

His sermons were richly evangelical, and were made a blessing to many. To his colleagues . he was courteous and brotherly. He was well acquainted with the polity of the Methodist Church, was eminently judicious in counsel, and wise in the administration of Circuit affairs.

His last years were spent in comparative retirement. Amid great physical weakness he was always cheerful, and as the end drew near his words were full of assurance and peace. He passed away without a struggle on June 18, 1899, in the eighty-third year of his age and the sixty-first of his ministry.

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