CAPTAIN HON. WILLIAM HENRY GEORGE WELLESLEY was the second son of the first Baron Cowley, born in 1806 and died 1875. He was a nephew of the great Duke of Wellington, the Iron Duke.
Mrs. E. TROTTER writes: "Weary with the strife of sect and party, and inspired with a profound longing to conform in life and practice to the Apostolic ideal, little companies of earnest men began to meet in the early part of the nineteenth century, in various parts of the country, unknown to each other, and under no human leadership. . . . The inception of this movement arose from a new illumination of the Personality of Jesus Christ. Here was a vision; this was the burning secret at the core of life, transforming it from within and without.
"I have seen the face of Jesus—
Tell me not of aught beside,
I have heard the voice of Jesus—
All my soul is satisfied."
In this light all other lights paled. Among the men who were affected by it were men of brain, born leaders, men of birth, of large means, scholars, and students, who would have made their mark at any time and in any walk of life; lawyers of acute critical judgment, officers of promise in both services, and large landowners.
The inspiration came to them at first alone, and not under the influence of large multitudes, neither did it die out, but energised and sustained them in lives of unusual toil and unusual length."
Among the men of birth was Capt. WELLESLEY, who suffered a great deal for the Master's sake in the stand he took in taking up the Cross, forsaking all, and following the Lord.
In the early days of the movement his name is frequently met with at conferences and special gatherings of brethren, where his weighty words of ministry or earnest, loving Gospel addresses always made an appeal to all who were privileged to hear him.
JOHN HAMBLETON says of him: "One great feature in this Revival is, that God has raised up men of affluence and influence to receive those poor labourers into their dwellings who have, in this world, neither one nor the other to recommend them. One honourable gentleman, Capt. Wellesley, who had forsaken this world's wisdom and greatness that he might become wise in Christ, received me into his house. . . . He was well taught in the Word, and saw death and resurrection to be the key of the whole Scriptures."
Death and resurrection culminate in Him. And this is the Gospel that Christ died for our sins, and was buried; the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and the redeemed creation will yet rise with Him from its groans and cries, into the bloom and beauty of immortal life.
C. E. F.