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MEN OP CANADA.   185

REV. JOHN M. WILKINSON,

B.A., Toronto, was born in

Markham, on December 5th, 1852. He received his primary education at the public schools in Toronto. For a long period he was under the deepest religious conviction and felt called upon to enter the ministry, although having a dread of its responsibility and his unfitness for the sacred calling. Finally, while attending a cottage prayer meeting, the burden on his heart rolled away and he returned to his father in Toronto, telling him of the great change that had taken place. He began work under the Rev. James

Hannon, in Toronto, and

afterwards attended the Collegiate Institute at Cobourg. Eighteen months afterwards he matriculated in Victoria University and entered the class of 1872. Next year, on account of family affliction, he was called home, and in 1874 was received as a probationer for the ministry by the Methodist Conference in Hamilton, and was as-signed to the Port Hope District. He also travelled in the Sunderland and Port Perry Circuits. He then returned to Victoria, where he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1SSo. The same year he was ordained at Belleville and was sent to Bradford. After this he filled appointments at Toronto, Barrie, and finally at Agnes Street Church, Toronto. This church was at the time of the union heavily mortgaged, but under Mr. Wilkinson's pastorate the debt was reduced from sixteen thousand to

six thousand dollars, and a thousand souls converted in three years. After completing his three years' term in this church, he went to Britain to study Evangelistic methods, and returning in 1889, opened his favorite Mission known as the " People's Tabernacle," which is crowded to its full seating capacity of two thousand. The Mission so far is entirely undenominational, and is supported by the collection and the free will offerings of the people. Mr. Wilkinson was married in December, 1SS1, to Emma, eldest daughter of R. Philip, merchant manufacturer, of Toronto.

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