Mr. NEEDLE during his stay in Maryport has won golden opinions from all classes of our townspeople in consequence of his earnestness, ability and devotion - in its best and purest sense - to his ministerial work.
On Wednesday evening last a number of friends assembled at the house of Mr. David JACKSON, at Risehow Bank, for the purpose of bidding Mr. NEEDLE farewell. There were present:
After an excellent supper, provided by the worthy host, Mr. JACKSON referred in feeling and appropriate terms to the departure of Mr. NEEDLE. He said he had been connected with Wesley Methodism for a period of 32 years, and during the whole of the time he had never met with a superintendent whom he more highly esteemed, or who had more efficiently discharged his duties, than Mr. NEEDLE.
It was entirely Mr. NEEDLE's own act in going away, because if he would only have consented to remain the members of the denomination in Maryport and surrounding villages would have, by a very large majority, voted for him to stay amongst them. However, Mr. NEEDLE had elected to leave them, and, while a large number of his friends regretted the resolution which he had arrived at, their respect for his work would remain as long as memory retained her seat. Mr. NEEDLE replied in feeling and appropriate terms.