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George Erskine (1781–1834)

from Sydney Monitor

Died — On Sunday evening, 20th instant, at his residence in Prince Street, the Reverend George Erskine, many years Superintendent of the Wesleyan mission in these Colonies and the South Sea Islands.

Mr. Erskine was a gentleman who, by his meekness and benevolence, was particularly qualified for a minister of religion. His talents as a preacher were not great, but as an affectionate pastor he was not excelled in this Colony. It was represented to the Society of London, that Mr. Erskine, the least worldly of men, was dealing in land instead of minding his duty as Superintendent, and without due enquiry, was removed from his office. He had served God and that Society in Ceylon many years. His health and habits all forbade him carving his bread by other means than those of a minister of religion. Hence he has for several years lived a life of dependency and uncertainty, and but for the late Mr. Scott, of benevolent and pious memory, and a few other good men, he would have wanted the necessaries of life. George Erskine, an Ambassador of Jesus Christ, was an instance, that real piety and benevolence in the present life are no protection against hard usage from the pious and benevolent, when the latter, through misapprehension or otherwise, are inclined to exercise discipline, and to forget mercy. To put your trust in Princes, every body considers to be imprudent; but in the present day, it must be added "put not your trust in religion societies, nor in religious men, for there is no help even on them." Mr. Erskine has left a widow and large family.

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Tyrone, Ireland


20 April, 1834 (aged ~ 53)
Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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