REV. JOHN CRUMP.
(From "The Colonist," May 29.)
One of the o'dest Methodist ministers in New Zealand passed away yesterday in the person of the Rev. John Crump, who has been associated with the local circuit for many years. Mr. Crump was very widely known in the district, and also throughout the Dominion, having ministered in all the principal districts. Some days ago his health gave way and his demise yesterday was not unexpected. Mr Crump had always been a hard worker and was prominently associated with what is known as the Nelson system of Bible teaching in schools. He was treasurer of the movement, and also a teacher. Deceased, who spent the evening of his days in Nelson, was born at Kingsland, in Herefordshire, in 1828. He was educated at an endowed school in the neighbourhood, and always maintained that gymnastics wore- not necessary for him as h;s lower limbs were exercised by walking three miles each morning and evening, and tho upper ones equally so by fisticuffs amongst th© boys of five parishes represented there. Converted during his apprenticeship, Mr Crump became a I local preacher in the Ludlow Circuit. After supplying for some time in Bacup, where he became acquainted with the vigour of Lancashire Meth- | odism. he was sent to; New Zealand in 1809. His first circuit was Manukau, where he had the advantage of the Rev Thomas Buddies superintendency. His thoughtful, practical and heartfelt ser- j : mons produced a deep impression, and he soon took a good rank in tho colonial ministry. During the forty years of his itinerarcy he had superintended circuits in all the six districts of the 'Dominion. There are two places to which .he- looked back ps those •wJiei'V the, greatest success attended his ministry. In -what was then the Canterbury Circuit, under the superintendency of the Rev. J. Bullor, there- was a j revival which spread throughout the wkolo province. At the -Thames—in---1875, an even greater work of grace was seen. From Manukau tho Rev. Mr Crump went to Wellington, and then in order to Canterbury, Nelson, New Plymouth, Thames, Christchurch (St. Albans). Dmiedin, Oamaru, Sydenham, Blenheim, Richmond, Auckland (North Shore), and then back to Nelson. Mr. Crump leaver a widow and a large family, including six daughters and two sons, namely, the Misses Lily, Eva, Mabel and Ida Crump (Ballarat), Mrs. T. R. H.odder (Palmerston North) and Mrs. George Webber (French Pass); Messrs Thomas B. Crump (Eltham), and H. Crump (Auckland). The late Mr. Arthur Crump, M.A. (Melbourne) was also a son. The late Mr. Crump was twice married. His first wife war, a daughter of th© Rev. Thomas Buddie, and she died at Stoke Fome fifteen years ago. The Rev. Mr. Crump's death will cause deep sorrow in th-f wide circle which enjoyed his friendship.
(From "The Colonint," June 1.) There was a large attendance- yesterday afternoon r.t St. John's Methodist Church .it th-o, service- iv connection with the funeral of the la to Rev. John Crump. The local MiniuteiV Association, the Bible in Schools t:\iehcrs, the various toni_n/.!r:u;co -oigajii&r.tionn, and the regular atl;onditnt-i ' o.i St John's Church v/ort- well reprer-^ntod. Shorlly after <>no o'clock, the funeral proccasion -oiit-crcd tlio Clnirch, wli-on tho coni>;roo;ati(>n f;tuod, and rc-maincd standhig until the coffm, which was carried by tlio Church officers and trustees. was placed in front of the Communion rail, and the mourners wore seated. The Rev. AY. Baumber gave out the first hymn—
"Give me the wings of faith to rise, Within the veil and see The saints above how great their joys, How bright; their glories be."
The Rev. J. H. MacKenzie (Presbyterian) offered a prayer in which the bereaved ones were feelingly remembered. The Rev. W. E. Lambert (Baptist) read the first lesr.on, and tho Rev.' B. L. Thomas (Congregational) the second los;;on. The. congregation then joined
in singing— "For all tho saints who from their labours rost, , Who Thee by faith before tho world confessed, Thy name C Jesu, be for ever blessed, Alleluia."
Tile Rev W. Baumber delivered an address. He spoke affectionately of tli«- departed one. He referred to the kite Mr. Crump's long and useful lift', ar. well <i& his faithful ministry. Mr. Ormnp's. vigour, iiidr.stry, culture, humour, and cheerfulness were a.ludod to. His strong faith, and calm and peaceful passing away, without pain, were also spoken of. After tho Benediction, the procGsr.ion ro-formfd, and a--, it left the Church, Mr. Naylor played a ■funeral inarch, the congregation romaining standing in the meantime. At tho Stoke Cemotory th 0 Rev.-A. J. Ourr, the Vicar of Richmond', read a portion ol' tho Burial Service, and- the "Roy. V. Ikuimber tho concluding portion. Mr. A. -Shoiu> had charge of the-' Krrangomonts.