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Lancashire. Rev. W. Roby, Manches. the following Lord's-day. On these occater.
sions, the other parts of the worship were Suffolk. Rev. H. Cox, Hadleigh. conducted by the Rev. Dr. Raffles, the
Rev. Messrs. T. Weaver, D. Lewis, R. CHAPELS OPENED.
Richards, W. Keay, ( Baptist Minister of A place of worship for the Independents Wellington,) and T. L. Lamb, late a stuwas opened on Angell Hill, Bury St. dent at Hoxton Academy, who has been Edinunds, 18th September, 1825. "The labouring at Wellington for several months Rev. Mr. Morell, Theological Tutor at past, till the crowded and increasing Wymondley College, preached in the attendance at the room in which divine morning and evening; and the Rev. Mr. worship was conducted, and which was, Blakie, in the afternoon. The attendance from the first, intended only as a tempowas such throughout the day, as to war rary accommodation, rendered the erecrant the most pleasing hope of useful tion of a more suitable building absolutely ness. In the afternoon, by the request necessary. The amount of the collections of the Rev. Mr. Dewhirst, the Rer. Mr. after the service exceeded £67.; and the Morell preached at the meeting-house, prospest of usefulness is highly encouin Whiting Street. It is earnestly desired, raging. A considerable portion of the exthat the proceedings of this day may issue pense, incurred by the erection, remains in the revival and promotion of vital gode to be liquidated; in the accomplishment liness in this ancient and populous town. of which, the aid of Christian benevolence
On Tuesday, October 4, a small cbapel, is earnestly entreated. neat and frugal, was opened for divine
ORDINATION. worship, at Normandy, five miles north- The Rev. Wm. Copley (late of Watford, west of Guildford. Very appropriate ser Herts,) having recently accepted the pasmons were preached by Messrs. Churchill, toral charge of the congregational church Upton, and Ashley. Messrs. S. Percy, of Oxford, the union between pastor and James Upton, jun., and Haymes, read por people was publicly recognized on Thurstions of Scripture adapted to the occa- day, Nov. 24, 1825. The Rev. T. Morsion, and prayed. And on the 25th of gan, of Birmingham, delivered the intro. October, a new chapel, on the same plan, ductory discourse, and received from the and of the same dimensions as the above, church and its newly elected pastor, statewas opened at Pitland Street, situate about ments of the circumstances and steps seven miles from Dorking, and ten from which led to the important transaction. Guildford. Messrs. Knight, of Kingston, The Rev. Dr. Steadman, President of the and Upton, preached suitable and interest- Acadeiny at Bradford, (Mr. Copley's ing sermons. Messrs. Upton and S. Percy pastor and tutor,) addressed to him a soconducted the devotional exercises. The lemn and affectionate charge, from Luke attendance on each occasion, at both xii. 42; and in the evening, the Rev. S. places, was exceedingly gratifying. The Coles, of Bourton, preached to the people, ground for the erection of the former from Phil. ii. 29. The devotional services chapel was kindly given by a friend to of the day were conducted by the Rev. the village, and a lover of the Gospel ; Messrs. Tys, of Wallingford, Helmore, of and that for the latter, by the Lord of the Stratford, Steadman, of Bradford, Price, Manor, a member of the Church of of Coate, and Hinton, of St. Clement's, England, who was induced to make the Oxford. grant, from a conviction of the beneficial
RECENT DEATHS. effects of village preaching in his own On Wednesday, the 28th of December, neighbourhood. Both places are supplied cied at Dr. Williams's Library, Red Cross by Missionaries employed by the Surrey Street, in the 75th year of his age, RichMission Society, but were built by the ARD Holt, Esq. of King's Road, Gray's liberality of the religious public, princi- Inn Road. He had been attending a quarpally in the County, no part of the So. terly meeting of the Trustees of that ciety's funds being expended for building Institution, and had just seated himself at
the dinner table, when he fell back in his On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1825, a neat In chair, and instantly expired. dependent Meeting-house, sufficiently Died at Glasgow, January 1st, Mr. John commodious, without galleries, for about Bell, teacher of languages, aged 32, much 350 persons, was opened at Wellington, and justly regretted. He was a man who, Salop; on which occasion, two sermons for the extent of his knowledge in ancient, were preached by the Rev. Dr Raffles, of modern, and especially eastern literature, Liverpool. And, as many persons of the was an ornament to the City and University town and neighbourhood were prevented, of Glasgow. He was acquainted with the by considerations arising out of local cir- Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, German, cumstances, from attending on a week Spanisli, Italian, Dutch, Saxon, Teutonic, day; the Rev. T. Weaver, of Shrewsbury, Gothland, Icelandic, Portuguese, Arabic, continued the opening services, by preach. Persia, Chaldaic, Sanscrit, Hindostanee, ing two sermons in the said building on Bengalee, and several other languages;
and he possessed such a critical knowledge Died, at Camberwell, on the 23d ult. of many of them, as not only to relish in his sixty-third year, APSLEY PELLATT, their beauties, but even to enter into the Esq. of St. Paul's Church yard, one of merits of the critics who have professed to the deacons of the church at Camberwell, write grammars and lexicons of those lan. under the pastoral care of the Rev. Wilguages, and to publish editions of works liam Orme. Mr. Pellatt bad for many written on them." He visited London not years been afflicted with a spasmodic affecmany months since to solicit the support tion, which often occasioned great sufferof the booksellers in the publication of a ing, though it rarely laid him altogether new and corrected edition of Dr. Taylor's aside. He was taken suddenly ill on his Hebrew Concordance, but the work was way from town to his own house on the too expensive to justify the attempt, and 21st, but revived again as he had frequently his premature death will now render its done. On the day of his death he apabandonment a matter of satisfaction. peared greatly better, and all serious apHe was the redoubted antagonist of the prehensions of danger were abated. He celebrated Dr. Lee, Professor of Arabic in ate his dinner comfortably, and expressed the University of Oxford, and so powerful his gratitude for the degree of restoration were his criticisms, that the learned Pro- he experienced. About six o'clock, he fessor found it necessary to reply to them complained of faintness, laid his head once and again in the Asiatic Journal. back upon the chair, breathed gently for
Died January 15th, at bis house, Upper two or three minutes and expired. Mr. Street, Islington, in the 75th year of his. Pellatt was well known in a large circle of age, JOHN Wilson, Esq. for many years a Christian friends, by whom he was univermanager and trustee of the late Rev. sally beloved. While able to take part in George Whitfield's Chapels, Tabernacle public business, he was the active friend and Tottenham Court, to which office he of the London Missionary Society, and of succeeded on the decease of Mr. West, the many other benevolent institutions. He executor of Mr. Whitfield. Though his was kind, generous, and gentle in no orhealth had been infirın for some time, yet dinary degree. He was a Christian from no immediate expectation of dissolution conviction, a Dissenter on pcinciple, and was entertained by his family, and his de- a lover of all good men." He scarcely parture was so easy, that its occurrence knew how to refuse an application for his was for some time unknown by those in assistance, and was almost incapable of immediate attendance. His mind was using an offensive expression. His loss happily prepared for the engagements of will be severely felt in the church, in another world, but a very large and sor- which he long and honourably discharged rowing family will long deplore his loss. the duties of an important office by his He was interred at Bunhill-fields, on family, consisting of eleven sons and daughMonday the 23d, when the Rev. Rowland ters, (may they inherit his faith and imiHill delivered a funeral address with great tate his holy example!) and by many who animation and feeling, and the Rev. Mat enjoyed his friendship, or shared his boun. thew Wilks concluded in prayer. The ty. Such men deserve to be held in hofuneral was attended by a large circle of nourable remembrance among the churches mourners, amongst whom we observed the of Christ. Right Honourable the Lord Mayor.
Answers to Correspondents, fc. COMMUNICATIONs have been received this month from the Rev. C. N. Davies
W. Orme--G. Redford --Dr. J. P. Smith--J. Ivimey-- --- Evanson--W. Moorhouse--W. Gregg--T. Hine--J. Blackburn ---- Newstead--T.L. Lamb -- Da
vies (of Kingsbridge)-J. Jackson--T. Mountford, and C. Holdgate. Also from Messrs. Youngman --W. Derry--T. Fisher--J. Batt--J. Edmeston --B. Bar
ton--J. Houlton-E. G. Ballard-J. Jones --J. B. Williams--J. Stephen-- A London Congregational Minister- A Christian Observer --A Friend of Missions--An Independent-Philo-Hornbookius -- Vindicator-. - Messiems --Marcus--Jacobus --Obed--J.J. Y.--J. M.--A--E. HANWELL CHAPEL.-Our last number contained a notice, that this place of worsbip was not put in Trust. This assertion has been contradicted in a note to us. We have no object nor interest in view, but to guard the Dissenting public from imposition, and their property from alienation. In reply to the declaration, that Hanwell Chapel is in Trnst, our original imforinant begs the public, who feel interest in the case, to put the following questions :
Is this place of worship in the Trust of the respectable gentlemen, whose names were published, who had undertaken the Trusteeship, and upon the pledge of whose names, the public contributed to the building ? Is the present a legal Trust? Are they chosen by the subscribers? Is the property secured to the congregation? Have not the present Trustees mortgaged the chapel? Is not the place of worship alienated from the intention of the original subscribers ? May it not become private property?
A BRIEF MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOHN HOOPER, A.M. (Extracted from the Manuscript of a Sermon delivered at Old Gravel Lane Mecting,
Dec. 18, 1825, by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, A. M.)
The Rev. John Hooper,, was as the practical result of thoughtful born in the year 1780, at Ware- reflection and fervent prayer, he ham, in Dorsetshire. In early life united himself with the Congrehe was designed by his parents for gational church at Wareham.* a secnlar calling, and his connec- Not long after this period, the tions were members of the national Rev. James Banister succeeded church. By the care of Divine the Rev. Dr. Cracknell, in the Providence, he was preserved in pastoral charge at Wareham; and his youth from the vicious habits under his judicious sanction, our and sceptical principles to which friend was led to direct his attenso many, with awful prematurity, tion to the work of the Christian are devoted; though it was not ministry. The account which he until his eighteenth year that he delivered in this place, on the became impressed with the im-' 23d of May, 1810, at his ordiportance, and felt " the power” of nation to the pastoral office, contrue religion. Educational associations naturally attached him to * In an “obituary" of Mr. Hooper, the liturgic service of the Esta
lately published by the Rev. Jacob Snelgar,
some interesting passages, illustrative of blishment, and produced a lively
the early religious feelings of our friend, interest in attending its worship. are taken from a short-hand manuscript Such was the effect of these pre- found amongst his papers. Adverting to dilections, that many painful strug
his joining the Dissenters, Mr. Hooper
says, “) became uneasy respecting my gles were experienced by our des
attendance at church; not being satisfied parted friend, in going through with the moral essays I was accustomed to that subsequent process, which ter. hear; in which the name of Christ (which minated in his honourable and con
was now become music to my ears) was
almost, if not entirely excluded : while the scientious secession from its com
dignity of man and the beauty of moral munion. Under the ministry of a
virtue, was substituted in its stead. I say, Dissenting pastor, then resident in I felt uneasy: and came to a resolution io his native town, his mind received
leave it ; that I might attend religious
worship among the Protestant Dissenters : its first serious convictions re
where I thought I might benefit my soul, specting the great realities of re
and increase my knowledge of divine ligion. After that memorable things.--Now I met with some obstacles : period, he found that the instruc such as the remonstrances and entreaties tions to which he had formerly
of my friends ; the scoffing and jests of
some among iny companions; but to all listened with unsuspecting confi which I was enabled to turn a deaf ear. dence, were not such as met his I found much advantage from the converinquiries and anxieties. There
sation of those Christian friends, into was, as it appeared to him, no al whose company I was now introduced. 1
felt an increasing thirst after knowledge ; ternative; his spiritual interests
with a growing pleasure in private devowere involved in the question; and tion and in the reading of the Scriptures."
New Series, No. 15.