Rev. John Law was born in 1806 in Fermanagh County, Ireland and died on September 7th., 1869
He was received on trial in 1833 Lindsay/Cavan
1834 Dumfries/York, Toronto District, 1835 London, 1836 Brantford, ordained in 1837 at Grimsby, 1838 Nelson, 1839-1840 Yonge Street, 1842 Stamford, 1842-1844 Toronto Circuit, 1845-1846 Dumfries/Blenheim (Oxford Cty)/Paris Plains, 1847-1848 St. Catharines/Thorold, 1849-1850 Humber, 1851-1852 Oshawa, 1853-1854 Markham, 1855 Georgetown, 1856 Milton, 1857-1858 Sidney (Hastings Cty), 1859-1861 Prince Albert, 1862-1868 Whitby (retired),
1834 Dumfries – Conrad Vandusen and John Law appointed clergymen for the Wesleyan Methodist Church for Dumfries in the York, or Toronto District for the year. Kingston Chronicle and Gazette Jun. 21, 1834 p. 2, col. 6,
Law, John Rev. Appointed Wesleyan minister for Dumfries in the York, or Toronto District. Kingston Chronicle and Gazette June 21, 1834 p. 2, col. 6
August 12 1845, William Ellis married Dorothy Howell, witnesses Jonah Howell and David Ellis. Rev. John Law, Wesleyan Methodist in Dumfries
Extract of a letter from the Rev. John Law, dated London, January 17, 1836
Our worthy and respected chairman and my colleague being so much engaged in the District, it has fallen to my lot to report to you the prosperous state of our circuit and the mission attached to it.. This being my first communication to the Christian Guardian, I am happy to say that I rejoice that we have so easy and expeditious a means of gladdening the hearts of our brethren and friends through its extensive circulation.
My very respected superintendent has laboured beyond his strength, and I am fearful he will not be able to bear up under such exertions very long. This is a painful thought to my mind as well as to the minds of the friends in the circuit and district, as his labours are so valuable both as a superintendent and a chairman.
As it regards our circuit, it must be remembered that, notwithstanding we have two preachers appointed, a great part of Brother Wright’s time is taken up in his other appointments in the district; and a part of my time as well as some of Brother Woight’s is spent in our mission to Warwick and Adelaide; and yet we are enabled through the assistance of a Local Preacher, our highly esteemed Brother Millar, to do the work of two preachers on our circuit.
We are grateful to Almighty God that our members are advancing in piety, and manifesting and increasing attachment to our doctrines, our discipline, and the general cause of true religion; we can likewise say, that we have peace in all our borders.
We have lately formed some new classes and added several to the old classes; one in particular in the Mordeau’s Settlement has greatly increased since our coming on the circuit, Our late protracted and Quarterly meeting in the London village, has been especially owned of God : eighteen new members joined us, and a blessed feeling has been produced. A very great impression was made on the minds of the people after the lovefeast, by a sermon on the “Barren fig tree,” preached by Brother Wright. The lovefeast, also, was a remarkable time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.
Our mission, to which I have referred, and of which you lately had some account in the communication of our respected Brother Crealy, is also doing well. In my late vist there, I was providentially led to a part of Adelaide where we had not been before; I preached twice and formed a class of 12 members; we have also a small class at our Brother pegley’s, and another in Warwick of 20 members. I am highly gratified with the prospects of scriptural holiness being spread in every part of Adelaide and Warwick, where we and Brother Crealy have laboured. I may add, that our work in this mission is laborious in the extreeme; my late visit was particularly so, as I had to perform the journey on foot, in consequence of the bad roads. I had to walk from seventy to eighty mile, and preached eight times. Our Brother Wilkinson has referred to areport circulated of chapels and members going from us to other people, particularly in the west of this province, a report by the bye, which had not the least shadow of truth in it as respects our circuit, and I believe equally untrue as far as Brother Wright’s district is concerned. Having given you a brief account of the state of our circuit, permit me to express my appreciation of the Christian Guardian, and the pleasure I have from time to time in reading in its columns of the sucess of God’s cause in this province and the world in general.
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LONDON, 27th Apri 1836.
” I am happy to inform you that our Circuit is still in a prosperous state; we had our fourth Quarterly Meeting last Saturday and Sunday, which was attended with a general blessing from the Lord.
Much valuable business was transacted, which we trust will be of great and lasting benefit to the circuit. We are also thankful to say that our Quarterly Conference was conducted in great peace and unity. It is a cause of gratitude to God that our circuit is doing well, both in spiritual and temporal things. The spirit of scriptural holiness, intelligence, and union, is advancing in this circuit. Our financial matters are in good condition; the Stewards will be able to meet the demands against them. As it regards the collection for the superannuated preachers, and the widows and orphans of those preachers who have died in the work, we shall have something more than last year. When we consider the liberality of our friends, besides what they have done towards the support of Missions, and what they are now doing for the Bible Society, we have cause to be grateful to the Lord, who disposes the hearts of his people to assist in the spread of his Gospel to the heathen abroad and the ungodly at home. We have had a goodly increase of members this year, but the exact number will be reported at the District Meeting.”
from Case and his cotemporaries, or, The Canadian itinerants’ memorial: – Rev John Carroll
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