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needful directions; it should be a lamp to will enable you to do what is needful. our feet, and a light to our paths ; it alone You have no doubt been informed of the contains all the nourishment which our death of your aunt * * **; she was a souls need; and the more we draw from very long time badly ; I trust she was that pure fountain, the more riches we made ready for her passage to the eternal shall find. I have remarked, with pain, world. God had granted her grace to dear Cousió, that you appear to lay aside understand his word ; and when we saw this good word of our God, and to study her, she appeared to seek her salvation in the writings of men, where error is always Jesus. But a death-bed conversion is to be met with ; even the best are not very difficult; then the pains absorb all without alloy. I bave read, at least in our thoughts. It is a long time since we part, those which you recommend, but I have seen your sister * * * *. The last have found that they withdraw from the time she was here, this summer, she apsimplicity which is in Christ, and plunge peared decided not to come to you, and I into reasonings unprofitable for salvation, was not too anxious to disengage her from and it may be into errors in matters of her masters, who seem attached to her. faith. Again, I pray you, dear Cousin, All our family are well, thaoks be to employ the little time your employment the Lord, who blesses us with all sort of leaves you to read the word of life, it is benedictions. He vouchsafed to move us the hammer that breaks the rock; it is a for a time to draw us to himself. These two-edged sword that pierces to the divi. trials have been blessed to every one of sion of joints and marrow; it will cause us, whom God has called to himself by you to make more progress in the christian his grace; so that I, with my brethren life than thousands of thousands of vo- and sisters, march in the same road, being lumes of the works of men. But you bound together by the bond of peace surely are not ignorant that we ought to which is found in Jesus. read it with a spirit of prayer, that God Our God has given us also the grace, would grant his Spirit to enable us to un. that our bouse serves as a rendezvous to derstand his word. Let us pray before those souls whom be has awakened, in we read, while we read, and after we read. calling them out of darkness into his marThis is the way to understand what we rellous light. We unite to edify one anread ; for unless the Spirit of God apply other by the word of our God, and singing it to our hearts, we may read for years, his praises ; we are then bappy, as you and not find its quickening influence in may judge, after what I have told you. ourselves. You will perceive the more you We prefer the reproach which the love of read the more will your desire increase, Jesus brings, to all the riches and honours and you will consider time spent in other of Egypt. We bave, moreover, cause to reading as lost.
bless the Lord, because he advances his I regret that the distance is so great kingdom in our country, in spite of the between us ; I would have much pleasure opposition of Satan, who raises persecuin corresponding often with you on these tions against the children of God. There subjects; and if we could talk face to is a remarkable awakening ; conversions face, I would have yet more to say to you. are made on every side. We see that the But seeing this is impossible, I trust you Spirit of God bloweth where he will; and will write me as often as opportunity although we understand not the sound, it occurs ; and object freely, if you are is known by its effects : he enables his not satisfied with any thing I have said. faithful servants to speak with boldness, Tell me how your soul prospers. Have and he does wonders by their means. My you perfect peace ? Are you assured that dear mother, whom God preserves in good your peace is made ? that you are saved?, health, wishes much love to you, as do I hope you bring up your daughters in also my sisters. Give our love also to all the knowledge of the truth. Do not teach your family; entreat your sisters, in my them fables, teach them hymns or psalms. name, to attend to their souls, which are My nephews have been taught, since they immortal, and may be every moment called were six years of age, to commit to me. to appear before a severe Judge, if they mory passages of God's word: it is of are not reconciled by the blood of Jesus. importance to form the young mind, in If, on the contrary, their peace is made, tell the very entry of life, to the knowledge of them how pleasant the moment of death God. I have no doubt you will give this will be, seeing it will be the commenceall your care ; but if you cannot attend to ment of eternal happiness, that happiness them yourself, beware you do not trust which Jesus merited by his death for the them with persons of whose piety you are elect. Let them not omit to occupy them. doubtful ; I would wish only to confide selves with the one thing needful, which them to a true Christian. I should have they may do without neglecting their much pleasure in taking the charge of household or their children. them, if you were near, and my occupa- That our good God and Father may tions would permit; but I hope the Lord continue to bless you with all spiritual
blessings in Jesus Christ, that you may ton Academy was held in the Library of grow in the knowledge of him and his Highbury College ; when the Rev. I. Cobe' grace, is the prayer made for yon, by bin, M.A., the senior minister present, Your affectionate Cousin,
was called to preside. An able and in
teresting Essay was read by the Rev. ThoShould any be apt to say the Swiss mas James, of Woolwich, on the following girl's faith has too much assurance in it, subject : “ Does the death of Christ bear let them be reminded that perhaps theirs any relation, and if any, what relation to has too little. Let them also be reminded the human race at large? or how are we that at present the poor Christians of the to understand those texts of Scripture Pays du Vaud are exposed to all the per. which speak of the Saviour as dying for secutions that were endured by the first the world ?” which produced a very in- . believers : who spake of their faith with teresting and important discussion. much confidence. Paul, in the prospect Amongst the various subjects that came of death, knew whom he had believed; under the consideration of the ministers and the strength of God's people is as present, two were felt of paramount imtheir day. Let lukewarm Christians fear; portance to the general interests of the half measures will not be sufficient. De Institution, viz. to free it from all pecu-'. votedness to God is the Christian's every niary embarrassment, and to increase the day duty.
College Library. The following resoluNEW PRESBYTERIAN CHAPEL AT
tions were therefore unanimously agreed to. DROGHEDA, IRELAND,
1. That the ministers now present About six years ago. the Presbyterian pledge themselves to use their best ex. Synod of Ireland resolved on sending
ertions, as speedily as possible, to ang.
ertions; Missionaries to the east, south, and west
ment the fund required to defray the ex. of that country; and as Drogheda was penses incurred by the erection of Highbury one of the most unenlightened towns in College ; and they most respectfully and the kingdom, missionary operations were affectionately entreat their absent brethren commenced there. The Rev. Josias Wil. who have been educated at Hoxton Acasou was appointed to this station about demy, to unite with them in these imfour years ago, which is the first-fruit of portant efforts. the mission. When he went to Drogheda,
2. That the ministers now assembled, he could not calculate on more than fifteen
feeling the importance of increasing the bearers; he had a very incommodious and Library of this College, engage to use temporary place of worship, which has
their best exertions amongst their friends hitberto been detrimental to the cause
to obtain donations of books or money for of his mission : he had no elders, and no
that purpose; and they beg to urge on communion. Now he has a regularly
their absent brethren similar efforts, that organized church, consisting of sixty-five
the extent of the Library may be in some members, and a very encouraging attend
measure proportionate to the growing imance on his ministry. Besides Drogheda, portance of the College. Mr. Wilson regularly preaches in Slane, Collon, Navan, and Queensborough. His
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SUBSCRIBERS * congregation in Drogheda, though com
TO HOXTON ACADEMY: paratively very small and poor, have com
On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 6, menced the building of a chapel, the want
the Annual General Meeting of the subof which has been hitherto so detrimental
scribers and friends of the Hoxton Acato their good cause, and the Mayor of demy was held, Thomas Wilson, Esq., in Drogheda has countenanced the object by the chair, who called upon the Rev. T. : laying the fonndation stone; but with the Weaver, of Shrewsbury, to open the busiutmost exertions of the congregation, and
ness with prayer. other benevolent friends, they are yet very
The Rev. H."Burder, M. A., read the deficient in funds for completing the build
report, which stated, that, during the past ing. Mr. Wilson has come to England to year, fifteen students have been introsolicit assistance for this object. He begs
duced to the ministry by this Institution; to mention, that there is no town in Ire- that Dr. Harris had retired from the reland more in need of missionary exertions sidency, but retains the theological chair; than Drogheda, the proportion of Catho
and that the Rev. Robert Halley, late of lics to Protestants being about fifteen to St. Neot's, had accepted the classical tu- , one; and yet so favourable is the feeling
torship, vacant by the death of Mr. Hooper, of many respectable Roman Catholics in
together with the residency at Highbury, Drogheda to this mission, that they have
College. It farther stated," that the Treavoluntarily subscribed about £30. for the surer is in advance for the current ex- , building of this house of worship.
penses of the year, £291. 16s. 6d.
The several resolutions were moved and THE HOXTON ACADEMY ASSOCIATION. supported by the Rev. Messrs. J. Hunt, of
On the morning of Wednesday, Septem- Chelmsford, R. Philip, J.Campbell, R.Halber 6th, the Tenth Annual Meeting of the ley, R.H.Shepherd, Dr. Philip, J.Stratten, Association of Ministers educated at Hox. T. James, J. Hall, and T. Pellatt, Esq.
Considerable interest was excited by a Whites . . . . 291,007 reference to the fact, that the College was Coloured and Blacks. 49,433 opened at Bartholomew tide, a period so Indians . . . . . 704 memorable in the annals of Noncon
- 341,144 formity, and which event was thus most appropriately celebrated by the opening of
being an increase of 19,672 members dur. a College, from which Acts of Uniformity
Wito ing the past year. will never eject its inmates.
The grand total of Wesleyan Metbodists
through the world, iš 630,081, of whom the wesLEYAN METHODIST CONFERENCE. 2,418 are preacbers in the connection.
The Eighty-third Annual Conference of There were no deputies from the United the Methodist Preachers was held at Liver States at the Conference; but a letter pool, on Wednesday, July 26, 1826, and was addressed to them by the Rev. Bishops following days.
George and Hedding, on behalf of their The Rev. Richard Watson was elected brethren of the Episcopal Board. President, and the Rev. Jabez Bunting The answer of the British Conferencc, Secretary to the Conference.
addressed to the Bishops of the MethoThe following particulars, from its pub. dist Societies, contains the following paslished minutes, will be acceptable to our sages. “ We affectionately hope, that no readers.
difference of opinion which may exist Forty preachers were received into full amongst you, on minor points of ecclesi connexion.
astical government, will be allowed to Twenty-four preachers have died during excite unfriendly feeling, to retard the prothe past year.
gress of your ministerial labours, or to Four preachers have ceased to travel. impair any part of that system of disci
The number of regular travelling preach. pline, which relates to the more essential ers, and of supernumeraries, and super and vital principles of our original con- , annuated preachers, is as follows, viz. stitution."-" From the peculiar dis. In Great Brituire :
tresses of the present times, many of our Regular preachers . . . . 733 people have suffered considerably in their Supernumerary and superan
temporal circumstances, and our plans nuated . . . . . . 81
for extending and establishing the cause
81 of God have in some degree been im. In Ireland:
peded.”-“We cannot this year report a Regular preachers .. .. 83 very large increase of numbers; but we Irish missionaries . . . . 21 trust, that we are still favoured with a Supernumerary and superan
considerable degree of religious pros. nuated preachers. , . . 34
- 138 A paragraph in the Liverpool Advertiser In the Foreign Stations :
announced, that it had been determined in Regular preachers and assist
Conference to appoint three of the leading ant Missionaries...149
preachers as Bishops, with an episcopal, Supernumerary and superan
or overlooking power; and it further nuated .... ... .. 3
ventured to name the gentlemen who
are to be elevated to this new episcopate. , Total number of Anglican
No such determination, bowever, is reMethodist Preachers . . 1104 corded in the published minutes, and we
presume has not been adopted. But it is, The number of members in Great Bri. evident, that the step from district to gene- , tain is 231,045, being an increase of ral superintendents is not great, especially 1,378 members during the past year. ' after the American Conferences have .
Ditto in Ireland 22,514, being an in. · made it. The absence of lay represencrease of 437.
tation in the Conference may also facili- , Ditto in Foreign Stations 32,960, being tate its accomplishment, whenever it is an increase of 626.
formally introduced into the British ConGeneral total of members under the ference. care of the British and Irish Conferences,
CHAPELS Opened. 286,519; making an increase in the con. June 27, a new lodependent Chapel, nexion, during the past year, of 2,441 capable of seating between three and four members.
hundred persons, was opened at IngleTo these must be added the returns of white, a village near Preston. The Rev. the several Wesleyan Conferences in the J. Speakman, of Tockholes, preached in United States of America, for 1825; from the morning; and the Rev. L. Forster, which it appears, that the total number of of Blackburn, in the afternoon. The deregular circuit preachers, supernumerary votional parts of the services were conand superannuated missionaries to the In
ducted by the Rev. D. Edwards, of dians, &c. is 1,314 ;
Elswick, and Rev. D.'T. Carnson, of And that the number of members is as Preston. follows :
The above chapel has been erected by the executors of Mr. Birch, out of a sum
of money bequeathed by him for that pur- is no dissenting interest, except an avow. pose, and likewise to aid in the support of edly Antinomian one at Godmanchester, a ininister of the Independent denomina- and a small Methodist Society at Huntion to preach the Gospel in the chapel. tingdon. This statement is sufficient to
July 9, a new Independent Chapel, show, that the case is one of vast importmeasuring 60 feet by 54; situate in Can- ance, and of awakening interest. non Street, Preston, was opened for public On Thursday, August 31, a new Inde-worship. The Rev. R. S. M'All, of Mac- pendent Chapel, in Rusholme Road, Manclesfield, preached in the morning, and chester, was opened for divine worship. evening of the Lord's day. On Monday Sermons were preached by Messrs. Par. evening, the Rev. J. Elv, of Rochdale, sons, of York, and Thorpe, of Bristol ; preached. The derotional parts of the and devotional exercises were conducted services were conducted by the Rev. R. by Messrs. Roby, Pridie, Coombs, Doney, Slate, of Grimshaw Street, Preston, and and Birt. the Rev. R. M. Griffiths, of Kirkham. A chapel was opened at Bognor, Sussex, · Collections made after the services, on the 31st of August, 1826. The Rev. amounted to £43. The above chapel J. Griffin, of Portsea, preached in the has been erected for the accommoda. morning ; and the Rev.J.Turnbull, A. B. tion of the church and congregation for- of Brighton, in the evening. The Rev. merly assembling in Fishergate Chapel, Messrs. Goulty, Edwards, Davies, Ban.which for some time past was unable, not nister, Stamper, and Drury conducted the only to afford pews to accommodate such devotional parts of the service. This as applied for them, but even to accom chapel has been erected under the patro modate the scholars of the Sunday Schools Dage of the members of the Sussex Conconnected with the place. Notwithstand- gregational Society. It was formerly in ing the great exertions of the church and connexion with the Hampshire Associacongregation, a.considerable debt remains tion, and was then situated at Birstead, a upon the place, to liquidate a part of village about a mile distant. This spot which an appeal must be made to the being unfavourable for the attendance of benevolence of the Christian public. the inhabitants of Bognor, it was pro
On Wednesday, the 230 of August, posed to remove the chapel into the town. was opened at Huntingdon, a new chapel The Rev. Matthew Wilks, of London, for the worship of Protestant Dissenters. having an eligible piece of land in the Attempts have been made, for several place, conveyed it over to trustees, and years, to establish a Dissenting interest on this spot the chapel now stands. It in this town, but without success, till, will contain about two hundred persons; three or four years back, another attempt and since the opening, has been always was made, which, under the divine bles- well attended, and often filled. At presing has succeeded, even beyond the fond sent it is supplied by neighbouring and anticipations bf its friends. During the other ministers, under the direction of the last winter, the number of hearers was so Committee of the Congregational Society. njuch increased, as to 'render it neces. The expense of the rebuilding, together sary to pull down the old place, and with a school-room attached, will be rebuild it on a larger scale. "This was about £300. It is hoped that the friends commenced in April last, and the new of religion, who may visit the Sussex building was opened on the above date, coast, will now feel a stronger indacewhen three excellent serinons were preach- ment to make an occasional residence in ed by the Rev. J Yockney, of Islington; this pleasant and rural watering place, Rev. J. Simmons, of Olney; and Rev. J. with a view to countenance this effort, Blackburn, of Pentonville. The attend- and extend the cause of Christ. 'ance was good; the services were inte
ORDINATION, resting and profitable, and the presence of Tuesday, August 5, 1826, the Rev. the Lord Jesus was felt and enjoyed. Theophilus Davies was set apart to the pasNear £50. were collected in the day, toral office over the Independent Church, and on the following Sabbath. The erec- Stourbridge. In the morning, the "Rev. tion of the building has, of course, been G. Redford, of Worcester, read the Scripa considerable expense, and one appeal tures and prayed; the Rev. J. Dawson, will be made to the friends of the Gospel of Dudley, delivered the introductory disin the churches around, and at a greater course, and asked the questions; the distance. As a stimulus to those who Rev. s. Barber, of Bridgnorth, offered are disposed to assist in this labour of up the ordination prayer; the Rev. J. A. love, it may be stated as a fact, that the 'James, of 'Birmingham, gave the charge new place (45 feet by 411) is comfortably from 1 Tim. iv. 6.; and the Rev. J. Hudfilled; and that the congregation has son, of Westbromwich, concluded with increased within seventeen months, to at prayer. In the eveuing, the Rev. T. T. least three times the number. The popu. Freeman, of Kidderminster, read the lation of Huntingdon, with the villages Scriptures and prayed; the Rev. T. around, within a circle of three miles, East, of Birmingham, addressed the peois not less than 7000 persons; and there ple from Philip, ii, 29.; and the Rey. Mr.
Evans, of Halesowen, concluded. The us to episcopal jurisdiction, it would be bymns were given out by the Rev. Messrs. its gentle and effective exercise by the Roaf, of Wolverbampton, and Mattbews hands of such a man as the second Bishop (Baptist), of Cradley. The chapel was of Calcutta. crowded, and the services were solemn D ied, at Colchester, on Thursday, And interesting.
Aug. 17, in the 46th year of his age, RECENT DF.ATHS.
the Rev. JOHN JENNINGS, for thirty It is with sincere regret we announce eight years pastor of the ancient Congrethe death of Dr. Reginald Heber. Bi gational Church at Thaxted, Essex. This sliop of Calcutta, who expired suddenly at beloved and venerable man left his own Trichinopoly, on Monday, April 3d. 'He bome to attend the annual meeting of the was upon a tour of episcopal visitation, Essex Auxiliary Missionary Society, held and during the preceding week had been at Maldon. After enjoying that interestat the several Missionary stations in Tan- ing service, he visited Harwich, where he iore. He held a meeting with the Mis was taken ill, and advised immediately to sionaries on the Monday before his death, return home. He reached the house of in the chapel where Swartz is interred, a beloved relative at Colchester, where he and be in his parting address observed, rapidly grew worse, and expired. His that it was probably the last time that all remains were conveyed to Thaxted, and present could expect to meet in this world. interred in the burial ground of the meetand he therefore exported them to dili- ing-house there. The Rev. J Morrison, gence and perseverance, and reminded of Stebbing, delivered the oration at the them of the example of the venerable man, grave; and the Rev. W. Chaplin, of near whose grave he stood. Dr. Heber Bishop Stortford, preached the funeral preached twice, and performed the office discourse. We hope to present our read. of confirmation on the Sabbath, and early 'ers with a more extended notice of this on the mournful day on which he died, highly-respected minister. he visited a congregation of native Chris
NOTICE, tians, and on his return he went into à · The Third Anniversary Meeting of the warm bath, as he had done on the pre- Associate Fund, a Society for assisting ceding days, when he was seized there with and encouraging Protestant Dissenting an apoplectic fit, and his servant being Congregations in the Support of their Minialarmed by his lengthened stay, entered the sters, will be held at the Rev. S. Curwen's bath-room, and found, alas ! that life was, Meeting, in Barbican, on Tuesday evening, extinct. The elegant taste, catholic spirit, the 31st Oct. 1826; previous to which a unwearied diligence, and we trust we may sermon will be preached in support of its add unaffected piety of Dr.Heber, have en funds, by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, A. M. deared his name to thousands, and we of Stepney. The service to commence at confess, that if any thing could reconcile half-past six in the evening precisely.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE. COMMUNICATIONs have been received during the past month from the Rev. Dr. W.
Harris-Dr. J, P. Smith-the Rev. Messrs. Joseph Turnbull - Richard Winter Hamilton--Thomas James-W. Orme--Robert Ashton-Theophilus Davies-George Moase-Josepla Fletcher--Algernon Wells--Edward Webb-John A. Coombs
William Wright-R. H. Shepherd--D. T. Carnson-Whitridge-J.S. Hine. Also from Messrs. J. B. Williams--J. Storer--J, Woodford, Jup,- Unus Segunțiorum
--J. A.--An loquirer-M.N. H.
List of Independent or Congregational Churches. The suggestion of J. G. on this subject in our last Number, p. 471, has excited considerable attention; and we have received several communications, urging upon us its immediate adopton. It is impossible that we should pledge ourselves to accomplish this task, irrespective of the assistance of many correspondents, which is indispensable to its completion. We bave therefore to beg those of our respected readers who wish to see in our Supplement Number a complete List of Congregational Churches and Pastors, and who may possess sufficient local intormation to accomplish the task, to furnish us, before the 20th of the present month, with a list of the Churches in their respective counties, observing the following arrangement. 1. The name of the town or village where the Church meets. 2. The name of the Pastor or Minister. 3. If the Church be destitute, state whether Occasioned by removal or death. 4. Where County Associations exist, aftix the letter A. to the names of those who are members of tbe same. 5. Furnish the name and address of the Secretary of the Association, with the time of its meeting. And, 6. Mark those cases, if any, in which the officiating minister is not the Pastor.--This task is now in the bands of our friends, who, we trust, will promptly send us the required information either by a private conveyance or post paid, as the aggregate expense of such a correspondence would be very considerable.
R. H. S. begs the inquire whetber any Portrait of the Rev. Francis Spilsbury, for thirty years the Pastor of the Dissenting Congregation at Kidderminster, is in existence, and where it may be found? We know of no memoir of that respectable man; but R. H. S. will find a short potice of him in Wilson's Dissenting Churches, vol. ii, pp. 65, 66.
J. W. having observed that Congregational Churches bave been sometimes troubled by the assumption of unscriptural authority on the part of their deacons, begs to inquire ir there exist any scriptural or other reason wby the election to that office should not be annual, which he conceives would give a troubled church the opportunity of electing a more agreeable officer.
An Inquirer must forgive us for not inserting bis Questions respecting the proceedings of the Society to which he refers. We bave, during the present year, bad many of our pages occupied by one controversy respecting the affairs of a pul
a public Society, and we are resolved not hastily to be involved in a second.
which he terremost forgive us for noe lecting a more great be annual, which are exist any scripturation