STOTT, James - 1798 - 1872

Obituary Minutes of Conference 1872

James Stott; who was born at Rochdale, November 4th, 1798. At the age of eighteen he was converted to God.

With a strong conviction that he was called of God to preach the Gospel, he became a candidate for the Wesleyan ministry, was accepted by the Conference of 1821, and by the Conference following was appointed to the Northampton Circuit.

His great desire was to be employed as a missionary abroad. Circumstances, however, prevented this ; but to the last he evinced a deep interest in the foreign department of our work.

For forty-one years he continued to prosecute his ministry in some of the most laborious of our Circuits, with patience, fidelitv, and zeal.

On his retire- ment as a Supernumerary, in 1863, he took up his residence in' Bristol, where he engaged in such service for Christ as his enfeebled health would permit. As a preacher he was plain, evangelical, and earnest. His administration of Circuit affairs was methodical, conscientious, and strict. Though there were certain peculiarities which in some degree impaired his influence and usefulness, yet his general excellencies were such as to secure the respect and esteem of those among whom he laboured.

Throughout his last illness he maintained a steadfast faith in Christ, and enjoyed settled peace with God. " I am not," he said, " afraid to die : I have a good hope, through Jesus Christ, of eternal life." He died in the Lord, April 30th, 1872, in the seventy-fourth year of his age, and the fiftieth of his ministry.

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