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one time, some attempt was made by a The Rev. G. Pearce, from Debenham, person in London to obtain the use of the commenced the services by reading the place for public worship; but the effort Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. A. Wells, proved ineffectual. At a future period, a from Coggeshall, delivered the introducgeni leman, who then resided in Epsom, tory discourse; the Rev. J. Sarill, from made application, and succeeded, first by Colchester, offered up the prayer, implo. obtaining a lease, and afterwards by pur- ring the divine blessing on the union, aud chase. The chapel was then repaired, at the Rev. J.Bennett, D.D. from Rotherham, an expense of £400., and was opened in gave the address to the minister, and his July, 1805, when sermons were preached charge; the Rev.J. Herrick, from Colchester, by The Rev. George Clayton, and the late preached in the evening. The Rev. Messrs. Rev. James Dore. But, notwithstanding Steer, Ashton, Muscutt, and Carlile took this favourable commencement, very little parts in the services. atteution was excited, and no stated mi- On Wednesday, July 19, the Rev. John nister was obtained, till the late Rev. Blackie was ordained to the pastoral office, John Atkinson, formerly one of the tutors at Bungay, Suffolk. The Rev. Robert at Hoxton Academy, came to preside Shufflebottom commenced the services of ovei a Classical School in Epsom, which the day with prayer and reading the Scripaffoi ded him an opportunity of occupying tures; Rev. W. Ward, of Stowmarket, the pulpit. Still the congregation was delivered the introductory discourse, and small; and, after his removal, the cause asked the questions; Rev. R. Ritchie, of was left without any effective manage. Wrentham, in behalf of the church, briefly mient, and without any suitable supplies. stated the circumstances which led to Mr. In this deplorable state it would most pro. B.'s settlement; Rev. J. Sloper, of Becbally have continued, had not a kind Pro- cles, offered the ordination prayer; Rev. vidence excited a desire in the minds of Thomas Morell, Theological Tutor of some friends in Epsom, that the chapel Wymondley College, delivered the charge, shuld be placed on a respectable foun. founded on 2 Tim. ii. 15. " Thereby to dation ; hoping that a more general at- shes thyself approved unto God;" Rev. tention would be excited to attend on the W. Hull, Classical Tutor, preached a worship of God. These good people serion to the people from 1 Thess. proved their sincerity, by the offer of v. 12, 13; and the Rev. Edward Hickman,
100. towards a new roof, and other re- of Denton, concluded with prayer. In pairs, which led to the accomplishment of the evening, the Rev. M. Innes, of Northe object, at a cost of £500. The chapel wich, preached from Prov. xi. 30, (latter was re-opened in December, 1824, by the clause,) and the Rev. Messrs. Drain, of Rev. George Clayton, and the Rev. James Guestwick, and Nottage, of Roxton, en. Stratten, and has been regularly and ac. gaged in the devotional service. centably supplied from Hoxton Academy,
August 1, 1826, the Rev. G. Redford,
August 1, 1826, the Rev whih has led to the present settlement of M. A. late of Uxbridge, Middlesex, was Mr. Jobn Harris. Thus that prediction publicly recognized as the pastor of the is fulfilled, " They shall build the old Congregational Church, in Angel Street, wastes; they shall repair the desolations Worcester. The Rev. Mr. Waters, of of many generations."
Pershore, commenced the service by prayer On the 26th of April last, Mr. S. Blair, and reading the Scriptures; the Rev. J. was set apart to the pastoral office, over Burder, of Stroud, delivered a discourse the Independent church in Guisborough, on the nature of a Christian church; the Yorkshire. The Rev. D. T. Carnson, of Rev. Mr. Dawson, of Dudley, asked the Preston, Lancashire, delivered the intro- usual questions; Rev. A. Redford, of ductory discourse, and asked the ques- Windsor, offered up prayer for the minister tions ; the Rev. A. Carnson, of Cother and people; the Rev. J. Cooke, of Maiden. stope, offered the ordination prayer; the head, addressed the pastor from Ps. cxxxiv, Rey. J. Jackson, of Green Hamerton, 3.; the Rev. J. A. James, of Birmingham, gave the charge ; and the Rev. G. Croft, preached to the church and congregation of Pickering, preached to the people. from Ephes. iv. 3 to 6 verse; the Rev. The devotional services were conducted by Mr. Coles, of Boreton, concluded the serthe Rev. Messrs. Hinmers, of Stokesley, vice with prayer : Messrs. Davies, of Benson, of Northallerton, Pemble, of Stourbridge, and Freeman, of KidderStockton, and others. In the evening mipster, gave out the hymns. " the Rev. J. Parsons, of York, preached in The ordination of Mr. Miall, late of the Methodist Chapel, which was kindly Hoxton Academy, as pastor of the church lent to accommodate the overflowing at Framlingham, Suffolk, took place on congregation.
Wednesday, the 2d of August. Rev. On Wednesday, July 19th, the Rev. J. Mr. Sloper, of Beccles, commenced the Robinson, late of Middlewich, Cheshire, services of the day by reading the Scripwas publicly recognized as pastor of the tures and prayer; Rev. Mr. Ward, of Independent church, assembling in South Stowmarket, explained the nature of a Street Meeting-house, Manningtree, Essex. gospel church, and proposed the questions ; Rev. Mr. Atkinson, of Ipswich, offered present special prayer for the divine blcsthe ordination prayer, accompanied by sing on the Institution; the Rev. W. imposition of lands. Rev. W. Harris, Harris, LL.D. will deliver an Address LL. D. gave the charge from Coloss. iv. on the spirit and views in which College 17. “ And say to Archippus,” &c.; Rev. Duties should be prosecuted; and the Mr. Alexander, of Norwich, addressed the Rev. G. Collison, Tutor of the Hackney people from 3 John v. 4. "I have no Academy, will close the service in greater joy," &c.; and Rev. Mr. Pearce, prayer. The Subscribers and Friends will of Debenham, concluded by prayer. afterwards dine together at Highbury
Barn Tavern.-The Annual Meeting of NOTICES.
the Subscribers and Friends will be held Opening of Highbury College. on the following evening, Wednesday, We are requested to announce, that the Sept. 6th, at the London Tarern, Bishopsopening of the new College at Highbury gate Street, when the Report of the ComPark, for the use of the Academical In- mittee for the past year, will be presented, stitution, removed from Hoxton, will and the other business transacted. The take place on Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, Chair will be taken at Half-past Six at 12 o'clock precisely. The following o'Clock precisely. order of service will be observed: the Rev. Thomas Morell, Resident Tutor of
The ministers formerly educated at Wymondley Academy, will offer an in
Hoxton Academy, will hold their Annual troductory prayer ; the Rev. H. F. Burder, M. A. will deliver an address illustrative
· Meeting at Highbury College, on Wedof the objects and progress of the Insti.
nesday, the 6th of Sept. at Ten o'Clock : tution; the Rev. J. P. Smith, D.D. Theo
the Rev. Thomas James will read an essay logical Tutor of Homerton College, will on that occasion.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.
COMMUNICATIONS have been received during the past month from the Rev. J. Ro
binson-Dr. J. P. Smith-J. Blackie--W. Vint--G. Redford--J. G. Miall--J.
Our friend H. I. will perceive we have made some use of his communication.
We trust our esteemed friend at Ryde will excuse the omission of his well-written article, which, however, if published, would bring us in contact with parties whom we highly regard, and would not readily offend. I'he volume to which he refers will shortly occupy some pages of our review department.
We can assure Cedman, that it is not our wish to bring the matter to which he refers before the public; but knowing what we do of the feelings of some of the best friends of that Society upon the question, we thought it right to make the passing remarks to which he replies. Were we to publish his letter, we should expose him to our readers to a lengthy controversy, which we are truly anxious on all subjects to avoid.
A letter has been received from a Correspondent at Islington, complaining of some recent arrangements at the “ Monthly Meetings." We advise the writer to obtain accurate information on the subject from the Minister, on whom we presume he attends. We are persuaded, that that gentleman will effectually expurgate his mind from the erroneous impressions he has received ;-if he be willing to undergo the necessary process.
s, is received; but we fear the ordinary Week-evening Lectures cannot be so managed, as to suit the convenience of mechanics, and the regular attendants on such occasions.
A. B. will be attended to; but not till the work: referred to has been re-consulted. We suspect our correspondent has not done justice to the able and generally impartial writer on whom he has animadverted.
Our “ Original Poetry" is complained of by some, as not sufficiently original ! Alas! numerous as rhymists and poetasters are, there are few poets after all, though we honestly think some of the genuine order have honoured us with their communications. It is a misfortune, both to writers and their readers, that so'many are mistaken on this subject. Unluckily the readers are the first to find out the error.
The insertion of the first attempt at blank verse," by J. B. S. which, by the way, we would gravely advise should be his last, would, certainly, not increase the reputation of that deparţinent, and it is therefore left, as directed, at our Publisher's.
We would advise our fair friend, Eliza T-s, to regard greater precision of thought, and more accuracy of versification, as a few careless lines in her last favour compel us to decline its publication.
The Article on Cruelty to Animals in our next,
REV. THOMAS PENTYCROSS, M. A. AND THE HON. DR. DRUMMOND,
| LORD ARCHBISHOP OF YORK.
MR. PENTYCROSS may be classed with that important body of clergymen, who were brought forth to preach the Gospel faithfully in the Established Church through the abundant labours of the early Calvinistic Methodists. He was born of pious parents in 1748, received his grammar learning at Christ's Hospital, and completed bis pro. fessional cducation at Pembroke College, Cambridge. In that university he became acquainted with Messrs. Decoetlogon, Simpson, Rowland Hill, and a few other students, who, possessed of genuine piety themselves, were zealously devoted to its propagation amongst others.
This spirit led some of them to commit fearful irregularities, in holding meetings for prayer and preaching, at which Mr. P. not only attended, but also took a part in the exercises. This brought upon him college censures, and the earnest expostulations of his friends, who exhorted him to be a regular and consistent member of the church. Though he submitted most dutifully to this discipline, yet it appears his conduct was not forgotten when he applied for ordination to the Archbishop of York. The refusal he received on that occasion led him to record the substance of the conference, a copy of which he sent to the eminently pious and philanthropic John Thornton, Esq. of Clapham, who was the friend and patron of all good men. .
From the letter which accompanied it; dated January 10, 1771, it appears he had obtained ordination from some other prelate, and that he was licensed to a curacy; for he remarks," I am more and more convinced that the divine hand was in my rejection by the Archbishop. The Gospel could not have been sent to a more unenlightened part of the kingdom, I believe, than to Horley, near Reigate. All that prudence and regularity can conscientiously do, I shall think it my duty to sụbmit to, to preserve and promote the Gospel there. The opposition secretly made to it, must be expected. The same cause, in like circumstances, will produce the same effects."'*
We doubt not but the conference will entertain and instruct our readers; and Mr. P.'s closing reflections deserve the notice alike of Churchmen and Dissenters. It may be necessary to add, 'that these papers are transcribed from the original documents once in the possession of Mr. Thornton.'!
Mr. Pentycross occupied the living of St. Mary's, Wallingford, in 1774, which hè retained till his decease, in 1808. * : .,.' 1
:. 6 Well, Sir,” said his Grace; " is stand you, Sir, what do you man a free agent?” « Yes, my mean by the illumination of the Lord, perfectly so," was my an- Holy Spirit ?” “ My Lord, it is swer.-" Are we, then, by our na just that to the spiritual world, tural faculties able to understand which the light of the sun is to the the Scriptures and our duty ?” natural; all the objects are pre“ Yes, my Lord," I replied, “ if sent to be seen, we only want light we have the illumination of the to see them by."-Abp. “ I can't Holy Spirit.”-" I can't under- understand you, Sir; I declare I
* For a more full view of his life, the reader is referred to the Evangelical Magazine, vol. xvi. xvii. pp. 171, 453, 497, N. S. No. 22.