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ployed in disseminating the Scriptures. and, in the ardour of his devotion to the He who can believe this, can believe any cause, he sacrificed to it every prospect absurdity, however gross. Is it probable, of professional promotion and beneficial is it conceivable, that infidels could be employment, which talents like his might exerting themselves in promoting the cir- be expected to command. He sacrificed culation of the Gospel of Christ ? Oh, (as I have heard, and believe) an income no! the infidels of Europe are too wise in of £1200. a-year to the cause of the their generation; the kingdom of Satan Society--to say nothing of his prospects is not so divided against itself. The in- of rising in the Church ; and, during the fidels of Europe do not sow the pure seed whole of his life, refused to accept any of the Gospel to produce the fruit of their salary from the Society. What was the own poisonous tares.
result ? Having worn out a healthy con.“ It is wonderful that any men, still stitution in its service, and dying in the more that men of learning and understand. prime of life, a victim to his labours, he ing, should suffer themselves to be imposed would have left his family in a state of upon by trash like this! But let us con- absolute penury, if they had not been sider the injury it does. These Edinburgh rescued from distress by the kindness, statements, and such as these, are tri. and, I may say, the gratitude, of some umphantly copied, and commented upon, of the more affluent members of our body! in the Roman Catholic publications, of Could it be expected that another Secrewhich I have one in my hand.* And here tary would undertake the service on such they are in their place; because the Pope terms ? Would it have been just or reahas said that the Bible Society ought no sonable to permit him to do so ? Surely longer to be suffered to exist. But let not! . It was accordingly decided by the those who sanction them reflect on the Committee, and unanimously approved by evil they occasion: let them reflect, a general meeting, that a salary of £300. that they are making themselves the tools per annum should be given to the new of jesuitical artifices, and instruments of Secretary, the Rev. Mr. Brandram ; and carrying into execution the Bull of the that the other two Secretaries, who for Pope for the suppression of the circulation nineteen years together had performed of the Scriptures.
their laborious duties without any remu“ Let me now say a few words respect- neration, should be requested to accept ing the misapplication of the funds of the of the same summa sum, which I think Society: and, in the first place, with re no one will call too great, and which spect to the payment of the Secreta
indeed must be considered an inadequate And for once I feel some consolation for compensation for the talents required and the absence of all those gentlemen, in the the sacrifices occasioned by such a situaliberty which it gives me to speak with tion. greater freedom of their situation and “ With respect to the sums allowed to characters.
the foreign agents, (of whom, I know only " The first Secretaries of the Society four,) it could hardly be expected, that, in were, the Rev. John Owen, a man whom addition to the same sacrifices of time, and it is impossible to mention without senti. labour, and emolument, which are required ments of admiration and regret; the Rev. of those who occupy themselves in the Joseph Hughes, a minister of the Baptist cause of the Society at home, they should denomination, and perhaps the earliest also expose themselves without remuneproposer of the formation of such a So- ration to the inconveniences, and, in many ciety; and the Rev. Dr. Steinkopff, mini- cases, the hardships and dangers of foreign ster of the German Lutheran Church, a residences, and of continued banishment man whose primitive and simple piety, and from their country, their families, and overflowing benevolence, render him the friends. delight of all who know him. These per. " Every one, alive to the cause of the sons were chosen in accordance with the Bible Society, must be acquainted with rules of the Institution, that all deno- the name of Dr. Pinkerton, a most imminations of Christians should be invited portant and efficient agent of the Society, to co-operate in the work, and that it who has several times not only visited should extend its operations abroad as almost the whole continent of Europe, well as at home. At the commencement with no small danger to his life and injury of the Society, their labours were not to his health, but who has had the principal considerable ; but from year to year they share in founding several of the most im. increased in a most astonishing manner, portant Societies in Europe, and who, in till at last they called for nearly the whole particular, rendered material assistance in , of the time and talents of the Secretaries, forming the Russian Bible Society--an and left them little opportunity of attend. Institution which has promoted the ciring to any other pursuit. On Mr. Owen culation of the Scriptures in above thirty especially they fell with particular weight; languages spoken in that vast empire, and
has printed above 500,000 copies of them * Vide Catholic Miscellany. in whole or in part. To Dr. Pinkerton
the Society bas allowed £400. per annum. been considered as a part of the expenses
- The next I shall mention is Mr. incurred by the Society for circulating the Leeves, a Clergyman of the Church of Scriptures in Germany. England, who resides, as the Society's “ As to the expenses incurred in the agent, at Constantinople, and has a Society's establishment in Earl Street, I most delicate, critical, and dangerous post; shall say very little. Every one must un. where he continues to promote the trans- derstand, that considerable expenses attend lation and circulation of the Word of Life the care and superintendence, the receipt in a country of the most absolute despo- and distribution of so large a stock, and tism. For such a service no one can say such extensive concerns; and that the tbat £300. per annum is too large an al. persons employed, both in the direction lowance. His situation requires the greatest and management, and in the mere mechadiscretion and prudence; and I have heard nical and laborious part of the business, the British Ambassador, Lord Strangford, must receive allowances suited to their express the highest opinion of his upright respective stations; and I believe that and amiable conduct. -The like allowance Mr. Tarn, the Accountant and Assistant of £300. per annum has been made to Mr. Secretary, the Depositary, the Clerks, Barker, the brother of the British Consul, and other persons employed, receive remu. late at Aleppo, now at Alexandria ; and nerations wbich would be thought very who, in addition to the dangers of the moderate if they were engaged in situaplague and the othe: hazards attending a tions requiring similar talents and equal residence in that unbappy country, nar- labour in any other great company or esrowly escaped being a victim to the terrible tablishment. If the Society's concerns earthquake which desolated the city of were not carried on in this manner, under Aleppo.
the immediate direction of its own officers, "The only remaining foreign agent is Mr. a commission must be paid to a bookseller Matthews, who has recently embarked for for transacting the same business ; while a South America; having engaged in the house must still be kept for the meetings service of tlie Society for the term of of the Committee and the correspondence three years, to conduct and promote the of the Society; and I believe it will be circulation of the Scriptures in that ex. found that the present management is, at tensive and interesting part of the globe, the same time, more efficient and more at a salary of £200. per annum, together economical than such an arrangement. with necessary expenses.
Imperfect as I am sensible this hasty “MrThomson, who, for the purpose of sketch has been, I will not detain you by promoting the establishment of schools, entering into further particulars ; begging and the distribution of the Scriptures, has that you will bear in your recollection twice traversed nenrly the whole interior of the statements of my Honourable and South America, has accepted a gratuity of Rev. Friend ; and trusting that the charges £200., which was voted him for his ser- which have been brought against the Sovices during three years, including the ciety, instead of injuring its cause, will superintendence of a translation into the only stimulate all, who feel as I do, to relanguage of Peru, as well as a service of double our exertions in this great pursuit, extreme labour and great personal hazard, and to act with a spirit of liberality in the in travelling through countries in an un consideration of those errors (if such they settled state of society and government, think they see) which may have occurred and among some of the wildest and most in the complicated transactions of twentytremendous mountains in the world. . two years, in so many novel and difficult
“ The Rev. Mr. Armstrong was sent circumstances ; for where is the Society, out also as an agent to the Society in South or where is the individual, who must not, America ; but having, on his arrival at in the course of such a period, have fallen Buenos Ayres, been appointed Chaplain to into many ? Above all, may we pray to the British residents in that State, he will God for his blessing—not forgetting, in be enabled to render most important ser our supplications tɔ the throne of grace, vice to the Society, without any expense our Christian brethren who differ from, and for salary.
even those who defame us. May we all unite " I must mention one person more, who our exertions for the glory of God on has been considered as an agent to the So carth! and may they, as well as we, be ciety, though he is not properly so I mean found partakers of the merits of our Sathe pious and venerable Leander Van Ess; viour in the realms of bliss !". a man to whom the knowledge of the Scriptures on the Continent of Europe is, per
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. haps more indebted than to any other indi. At a General Meeting of the Proprietors vidual, excepting Luther only. To this of the University of London, held at the man, by whose personal labours no less Crown and Anchor Tavern, in the Strand, than 500,000 copies of the Scriptures have on Monday, the 30th of October, 1826, been distributed, £300. a year has for the Right Hon. Lord Auckland in the some time been allowed; which has always chair, the following Report was read o
the present state of affairs of the Insti- exercise of the powers confided to them ; tution.
but the only material step taken by them “ First Report of the Council to the General has been a selection from among the seMeeting of Proprietors.
veral plans submitted to them, of that “ The Council, constituted by the Deed designed by Mr. Wilkins, a selection in of Settlement, bearing date the 11th day which their own judgment coincided with of February last, bave proceeded, inces that of almost every proprietor who insantly, in promoting the great object en: spected the drawings; and the Council trusted to their care, and have convened are enabled to state, that the work, in its this First General Meeting of the Pro- execution, will have the benefit of Mr. prietary, according to the provisions of Gandy's superintendence in conjunction that Deed, for the purpose of submitting with Mr. Wilkins. to them the present state of the Funds of “ The wish of the Council will appear the Institution, the proceedings hitherto to have been rather to select a great detaken by the Council, and the further sign suited to the wants, the wealth, and measures they would recommend to the the magnitude of the population, for proprietors for their sanction, with a view whom the Institution is intended, than to the gradual completion of the pro- one commensurate with its present means; posed Establishment.
but, as they were determined to take no " To this Report is subjoined, the half step in this important part of their trust yearly balance-sheet, showing the several without first ascertaining and limiting the sums received and paid on account of the utmost extent of expense to which any Institution, up to the Ilth of August last, engagement might lead them, they adveras checked and verified by the Auditors. tised for tenders by public competition
- Subscriptions have been since re- for the execution of the works. The ceived, whereby the number of shares on lowest offer was made by Messrs. Lee, which deposits have been paid has been who engaged to complete the buildings increased to 1,157 ; in addition to which, for the sum of £107,000, exclusive of upwards of 143 shares have been subscribed stone ornaments to the amount of about by individuals of the greatest respecta- £3000. . bility, on which, owing to various causes, " This sum exceeds, by £20,000, the the payment of the deposit has been de estimate made by Mr. Wilkins, who, in layed, but may be considered perfectly explanation, has stated that his specificasecure; the total amount of shares thus tion in the quality and amount of the actually subscribed, may be stated as materials, goes far beyond the usual course amounting to 1,300.
of building ; his main object having been “ The Council were desirous of ob- to give durability and beauty to a building, taining further subscriptions to the ex- which would find but few in this country tent of 1,500, constituting the sum of to vie with it. £150,000, the smallest amount of capital " In the present state of the subscripprescribed by the Deed, but obstacles tion, and with the design of the building, presented themselves, arising noi less so far matured, the Council consider themfrom the actual pecuniary difficulties selves fully justified in assuming, that, which many laboured under, who would after making a more than adequate allow. otherwise have zealously supported the ance for any probable defalcation, a clear cause, than from the general prevalence sum of £100,000. will still remain avail. of that distrust which the failure of so able for the immediate objects of the many speculative undertakings had in- Institution; and after minute consideraduced. In these circumstances, the pro- tion of the circumstances, they feel asgress of the Institution must have been sured, that, with that sum at their dissuspended until the restoration of con posal, a portion of the building may be fidence, so for a time disturbed, had the forthwith erected, adequate to the accomCouncil not been encouraged and sup- modation of the Medical School, and of ported by the voluntary aid of several all the classes composing the more essenindividuals, who took upon themselves to tial parts of a good education, a sufficient subscribe the deficient 200 shares, for surplus being left for the purchase of a which they have consented to become library and museum, and as much as may responsible in all respects, subject only be absolutely requisite for salaries to Proto the sanction of the proprietors to a fessors. A portion of the building, comdeclaration that the capital of the Insti- prising the library, two museums, four tution shall be considered as limited to great theatres of instruction, and about the sum of £150,000, until such 200 twenty-six other rooms, and affording supplemental shares shall be replaced by ample accommodation for the objects subscriptions to that amount.
immediately proposed, will require an “ The capital required having been out-lay, includiug fittings, of about thus provided for, (exclusively of £655 £50,000.; to which, adding £10,000. contributed by way of donation,) the for the library and museum, and a like Council were enabled to proceed in the sum to meet contingencies, salaries, and other incidental expenses, the whole will of becoming one of the first donors to the amount to £70,000., which, with the library. £30,000. paid for the land, make up the Signed, by Order of the Council, sum of £100,000.
" Thomas Coates, Clerk.” " To that extent, for the present, the It was then resolved :Council would bound their views, not " That the Report of the Council, doubting for a moment, that, as the now read, be received, confirmed, and building proceeds, and the merits of the
entered on the minutes of the meeting. undertaking are gradually developed, it " That the meeting doth bereby recog. will obtain such additional encouragement nize and sanction the accession of 200 and support, by an increase of subscrip- supplemental shares, subscribed for the tions to the extent of £300,000., the completion of the capital of £150,000; maximum of capital contemplated by the such shares to be replaced by the direct deed of settlement, as will, at no distant subscriptions that may from time to time day, amply provide for the completion of be received. the buildings, and for the full establish " That, until such shares be replaced, ment of the Institution, on as liberal a the capital of the Institution be limited to scale as its most sanguine friends can $150.000. desire.
6. That the Council be bereby authorised - The Council, therefore, propose that and requested to proceed in causing the the contracts for the building be entered
ground to be excavated for the foundation into in such subdivisions of it as shall, of the intended buildings, and in confrom time to time, be required; and be
tracting for the gradual erection of them so framed, as to admit of the completing in the manner sugrested by the Report. or abandoning any such subdivisions upon “ Tbat the Report of ihe Council be due notice, at the will of the Council, printed, and a copy thereof transmitted to strictly adhering, as they pledge them each proprietor ; and that the proceedings selves to do, to the provisions of the deed of this meeting be duly advertised. of settlement, and to the fixed principle
" That the thanks of the meeting be they have established, on no account, and given to the Council for their judicious in no circumstances, to incur a liability and unwearied labours in forwarding the beyond the amount of the resources under great objects of the Institution. . their controul. In the mean time, and as “That the thanks of this meeting are the only measure which consists with the particularly due, and are hereby given to season, they are desirous of commencing William Tooke, Esq., for the able and operations by causing the foundations to zealous aid he has afforded the Council by be excavated, which will be done under a his gratuitous professional exertions. distinct contract, and at a cost not ex « That the thanks of the meeting be ceeding £1000.
given to the Rev. Dr. Cox, for his co-ope• The Council having given in their ration with the Council. prospectus, a general view of the ends "That the tbanks of the meeting be proposed to be attained, are unable, at given to the noble Chairman, for his kind this early period, to enter into any further assistance this day, and for his constant detail; more specific regulations and are efforts on behalf of the Institution." rangements must form subject for future
Office of the University, 7, Furnival's Inn. consideration, as exigences arise, and experience is obtained. All they can now ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATE do is to submit to the proprietors the ex
FUND. pediency of sanctioning the Council in The third Anniversary of this imporimmediately commencing the excavation tant and benevolent Institution, formed of the ground, and proceeding to the for assisting Protestant Dissenting Congradual erection of the buildings in por. gregations in supporting their ministers, tions under separate contracts, as already was held in Barbican Chapel, on Tuesday suggested; for the accomplishment of evening, the 31st October, when a most which, further instalments of £10. per appropriate and impressive discourse was cent. on the subscriptions, at intervals of delivered by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, six months, will, it is believed, prove ade. who kindly undertook to advocate the in. quate.
terests of this excellent Society. After * Three months may probably elapse be the sermon, an abstract of the proceedings fore these preparations can be completed; of the Society was read, which detailed after which the Council propose an Ad many affecting cases of privation endured dress to His Royal Highness the Duke of by active, holy, zealous ministers of the Sussex, requesting him to lay the first gospel. Several powerful appeals were stone of the building, His Royal Highness then made on behalf of the objects of this having been pleased to add his name to the Institution, by the ministers and Jaymen list of proprietors, at the same time ex- who severally moved and seconded the pressing much interest in the success of the resolutions, which were adopted, and as Institution, and announcing his intention we understand the Report is to be printed
and published, we earnestly recommend whose ministry they are likely, with the the attention of ministers and their con- divine blessing, to enjoy steady and progregations to this particular object of gressive prosperity. And I may be allowed Christian beneficence, and to those affec- to add, I am glad that our brother and this ting detalls which the proceedings of the church have set the example to the county, Committee have developed, as a powerful of snch a recognition service. It has been stimulus to their liberal countenance and too long the practice for ministers, resupport of this labour of love.
moving to new charges, to settle down in
their new spheres without any such service, ORDINATIONS.
a practice which, I hope, will henceforth On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the pastoral re- be corrected." lation of Dr. Harris to the church at On Thursday, Nov. 9, Rev. George Stoke Newington was publicly recognized. Rose was ordained as pastor of the Church Prayer and reading the Scriptures, Rev. at Jamaica Row, Bermondsey, late under J. Campbell ; introductory discourse and the care of that venerable servant of questions, Rev. H. F. Burder; prayer, Christ, Rev. John Townsend. The serRev. T. Lewis ; charge to the pastor and vices of the day were commenced with church, Dr. J. P. Smith ; concluding reading and prayer, by Rev. H. B. Jeula, prayer, Rev. R. Phillips; psalms and of Greenwich; Rev. H. F. Burder, A.M. hymns given out by Rev. H. Evison. delivered the introductory discourse;
On Thursday, Oct. 19, the Rev R Rev. John Arundel asked the usual quesSlate, late of Stand, near Manchester, tions: Rev. Joseph Fletcher, A.M. offered was publicly recognized as the pastor of the ordination prayer; Rev. Dr. Collyer the church and congregation assembling in gave the charge from 2 Tim. ii. 15; Rev. Grimshaw Street, Preston. In the morn- George Clayton preached to the people ing, the Rev. D. T. Carnson, of Cannon from Deut. i. 38 ; and Rev. John Morison Street Chapel, introduced the service by concluded. As such a service had not reading suitable portions of the Scrip- been witnessed in the chapel for 42 years, tures and engaging in prayer. The Rev. the interest excited was so great, that a John Ely, of Rochdale, delivered a very crowded congregation assembled, and interesting discourse on the nature and go-. numbers were obliged to return, unable vernment of a Christian church. After to obtain admittance; and although about wards one of the deacons gave an account five hours were occupied in the interesting of the circumstances which led to the in- solemnities, pone appeared to be fatigued vitation of the Rev. R. Slate, which was by the length of time during which their then publicly recognized by the members attention had been engaged. . of the church; and Mr. Slate publicly Thursday, Nov. 9, 1826, the Rev. John signified his acceptance of the call. The Greig, A. M., late student at the TheoloRev. George Payne, M. A. Theological gical Academy, Glasgow, was publicly Tutor of Blackburn Academy, implored set apart by the laying on of hands, to the divine blessing on the pastor and the pastoral office over the church and people; and the Rev. William Roby, of congregation assembling for divine worManchester, gave some important advice ship, at Mount Zion Chapel, Harper's to the minister from 1 Tim. iv. 13; the Hill, Birmingham ; the Rev. J. Sibree, Rev. Mr. Hodson, of Lady Hunting- of Vicar Lane Meeting, Coventry, comdon's connexion, offered up the con- menced the services with reading the cluding prayer, and the Rev. Mr. Holmes, Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. John (Baptist,) gave out the hymns. In the Hudson, of Westbromwich, delivered the evening, a numerous congregation assem- introductory discourse, asked the usual bled to hear the Rev. Dr. Raffles, of questions, and received the confession of Liverpool, address the people, on the duties faith; the Rev. J. Cooper, of Westthey owe to their minister, from 1 Cor. bromwich, offered up the ordination iv. 1. The Rev. D. Edwards, of Elswick,
prayer; the Rev. G, Greig, of London, J. Deakin, of Chorley, and J. Speakman, delivered to his son a judicious and imof Tockholes, conducted the devotional pressive charge, from 1 Tim. iv. 16; the parts of the evening service.
Rev. J. Roaf, of Wolverhampton, conMr. Ely concluded his discourse in the cluded the morning services with prayer; following language :-"We proceed now the hymns were given out by the Rev. to the solemn recognition for which we Mr. Evans, of Hales Owen. The evening are convened together. It is with no services were commenced with reading and dubious feelings of the propriety of our prayer, by the Rev. J. Griffiths, of Bir
her's removal, or the suitableness of mingham; the Rev. J. Jerrard, of West the new relation into which he has en Orchard, Coventry, addressed the people, tered, that we proceed to this solemn act from Deut. iii. 28. « Encourage him, of recognition. We congratulate our and strengthen him.” The Rev. J. Poole, brother on his introduction to a sphere in of Birmingham, closed with prayer. which we doubt not his usefulness will be Many were the prayers, and most fervent continually extending. We congratulate were the wishes, of the friends of relithis church on obtaining a pastor, under gion, that the future labours of this young