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from The Chisholm, in which that gen who destre, as far as in them lies, to tleman said :
extend the boundaries of his kingdom. “I am not quite certain whether or I have had much satisfaction, as a Memnot I shall be able to get to Exeter ber of Parliament, in presenting, during llall on Monday.... I feel very great the course of the present session of Parinterest, not only in the Missionary liament, a large number of petitions, I labours of the Wesleyans, but in that believe I may say about forty, from difbody generally; for I consider them one ferent congregations of the Wesleyan of the main supports of the Protestantism body, against the National Grant to the of our country. If I can manage to do Romish College at Maynooth. I greatly so, it will afford me unqualified pleasure rejoice to find, that whilst there may be to attend the Meeting.'
amongst some a readiness to imbibe a A letter from Sir Augustus D'Este, spirit of indifference in matters bearing addressed to Dr. Alder, was likewise upon Protestantism, the followers of read, to the following effect :
John Wesley-nay, I would rather call “ You know how very uncertain my them the followers of Jesus Christ-are unsatisfactory state of health must, upon ready still to protest against error ; are all occasions, make my personal attend ready still to lift up their voices against ance; and I am unable to attend so Popery itself. And, Sir, in allusion to great a Meeting to-day. That no loss, the remarks made by a Reverend brother however, may be sustained by my ab on my right, (Dr. Tyng,) I would say, sence, I beg to forward my humble that I, as a member of the Established contribution in support of the Society.” Church of the country, am anxious to (The enclosure was a cheque for ten lift up my voice against what I consider guineas.)
to be Popery itself, whether that Popery Dr. BUNTING added, that he was shows itself at Rome, or whether it emasorry to state, that Mr. Emerson Ten nates from Oxford. We are met, Sir, nent, the excellent Chairman of last year, not as you and I commonly meet, for was prevented from attending by the the discussion of worldly and secular pressure of official business. The Soci matters, matters which must be attended ety was very much indebted, in several t0,--Inatters which require much of our respects, to Mr. Tennent for his con. time; but, Sir, we are assembled to-day tinued kindness, and therefore deeply to consider more important matters, regretted his absence. Dr. Bunting the matters bearing upon the eternal interread a letter from Mr. Tennent, stating, ests of our fellow-creatures : and, Sir, I that he was under the necessity of rejoice to be at your side in promoting attending the West-Indian Colonies' such a noble cause as this ; for if we Committee, but assuring the Society of know anything of the value of that reli. his most anxious interest in all its pro gion, the religion of Jesus Christ, which ceedings.
it is our endeavour and our desire to J. P. PLUMPTRE, Esq., M. P. for propagate far and near,-if we know East Kent, said,--Mr. Chairman, and and, in proportion as we know, value my Christian friends, I can assure you I that religion,—we shall indeed think it sincerely regret, that it was not in my not only our duty, but our honour and power to be present at the opening of our happiness, to be engaged in such a your Meeting ; and I also must express cause as this. 0, Sir, who can tell what The regret I feel that I must very unspeakable benefits that religion confers shortly, after having had the honour of upon our race! Who can tell what it midressing you, retire from the Meeting, does for the poor sinner, who has been on account of that press of public busi- brought to feel his need of its saving and ness which has been alluded to in the healing remedies ! Is it not the religion note read by the reverend Doctor from which offers a full and a free salvation to my honourable friend Mr. Emerson the lost ? Is it not the religion which Tennent, and which does indeed press raises us above the poor perishing events upon us, who are Members of Parlia. of this passing world, and leads us to ment, very heavily, especially at this seek those treasures which are durable time. But, although I cannot partake and eterr.al ? Yes, Sir, if we do know fully of the pleasures of the day, yet I our Saviour, (and I pray God we all, in am thankful to be able to appear amongst this vast assembly, may know the value you, if but for a short time, to assure of “the name which is above every you of the delight I feel in being per name,") we shall desire to sound that mitted, in some little measure, to labour name so loud, that all the world may with those who, I believe, “ love the hear it. We shall, in proportion as we Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity," and feel the preciousness of the Saviour for
ourselves, be ready to adopt the language have consented to impose an incomo-tax of that beautiful hymn :
of ten per cent. on their salaries, in order
to aid the Society, and help it out of its “ Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
difficulties. Now, is not this a delightMy beauty are, my glorious dress;
ful and encouraging consideration ? Sir 'Midst flaming worlds in these array'd,
Robert Peel would like to have to deal With joy shall I lift up my head.
with such men as these. When they « When from the dust of death I rise,
find that their Society is in difficulty,– To claim my mansion in the skies ;
that your finances are at a low ebb,— E'en then shall this be all my plea,
they do not show any factious opposition Jesus hath lived, hath died for ine."
to meeting the necessity, but they come
forward, and from their hearts say, Yes, Sir, and if this be our belief; if “ There is a necessity, and we will tax the truth be brought home to ourselves ourselves; we wait not to be taxed; we individually in this way; if we have will pay ten per cent. out of our inbeen enabled to say of the adorable comes." They, I believe, have at the Redeemer, that “ he hath loved me, and bottom something more than a mere regiven himself for me ;" then we cannot ference to the temporal difficulties of the rest satisfied without doing what in us Society,—they have a regard to the holies, to make known “the exceeding nour of their great Lord and Master, riches of his grace" to our perishing and to the salvation of immortal souls ; fellow.creatures far and near. Sir, as I and it is this consideration that has ren. came to this Meeting to-day, I observed dered them willing to make such a sacri. a considerable bustle in the street ; and, fice, a sacrifice which I am confident they upon inquiring into its cause, I was told will never miss, and with regard to which it was an assembly of people meeting they will never have cause to repent hav. together, to see the petition of the Chart. ing made it. But if they, my Christian ists carried to the House of Commons. friends, have shown such a spirit and That petition is said to be signed by feeling as this in Southern Africa, does it between two and three millions of tho not say something to us who are living in people of this country, praying for an this favoured country? Are we willing extension of political rights and privi to impose an income-tax on ourselves for leges. But, thought I to myself, what this object, and with the view of meeting ever may be the opinion of these men, these difficulties ? I trust the spirit that and I would not utter a word showing has animated these good men will, by the slightest disrespect towards them, God's grace, animate this Christian comwhat are the things they ask for, com munity; and that, if difficulties, finanpared with those blessings which the cial difficulties, are found in this and poor Heathen are asking for, and which other institutions of a similar description, the friends, with whom I am about to there will not be wanting those who will associate myself, are anxious to confer ? be ready to come forward, and stand in Political privileges !--they may be ac the gap, and do what lies in their power, companied with good, or they may be for the honour of their God, and the adaccompanied with much evil; but the vancement of his cause. I now beg to blessings our fellow-sinners are asking move the Resolution. you to confer upon them, are blessings The Rev. JAMES Dixon, Presiunspeakable and eternal. There can be dent of the Conference, was received no doubt about that. I feel that I must with great applause. He said,—There is allude very shortly to the motion that a state of the heart, in which the expres. has been put into my hand :
sion of joy can receive no echo. If any “ That this Meeting thankfully ac thing could excite feelings of pleasurable knowledges the practical sympathy with animation and pious delight in my mind, the Society in its financial difficulties it would be the kind, affectionate, and manifested by the Church-Members and hearty reception which my old friends Congregations at the Mission-Stations have now given me. I have been endea. in the West Indies, and in other parts vouring, Sir, to enter into the spirit of of the world; as well as by the Mission. your noble and exalted proceedings; but aries themselves in South Africa and í feel, on standing before you, as if my elsewhere."
mind was almost paralyzed; and if I am to My Christian friends, we have some little give utterance to any sentiments which may movement in this country at present with be at all profitable, it must be by the inregard to an income-tax. Now, what spiration either of my theme or of God. think you? I am told, that your Mis I think, however, that our Meeting tosionaries in South Africa (liberal men!) day has been of the old character and.
class. It has been graced by a young No not have held our present position, and bleman of the sister island, a Protestant, our present position is worth a great deal a legislator, and, I trust, one of Chris. more to us than the amount of our debt. tian principles and promise. It has been There is great difficulty in considering honoured by your own presidency, and one thing in connexion with another; but I may be permitted to say, we are glad it would be wrong altogether to isolate to see amongst us an old friend. It has our debt and difficulties from everything been admirably supported, in its spirit, connected with the position of the Society by the talent, the eloquence, the well at this moment. Sir, I am obliged myprincipled picty and zeal, of our friends self to consider our embarrassments in of the Church of Scotland. It has been connexion with the world's wants, with also favoured with the presence of an the world's woes, with the world's danger. Episcopal Clergyman of the Anglican It would be quite easy for us to enjoy a Church in America ; and thus, at the very comfortable state of religion. John Meeting to-day, we are presenting types Wesley might have remained in his retireof that union, charity, affection, and co ment at Oxford; given himself to the operation, which have been so admirably study of theology; been a quiet son of dwelt upon by preceding speakers. The the Church ; refused to itinerate through matter, I presume, now fails very much the nation; and so saved himself from into Methodist hands. Our friends of rebuke, contumely, opposition, rotten eggs, other nations, and of other parties, have stones, and all the difficulties he met with admirably sustained their portion of the in his great and important task. And we great and interesting work of the day; might very quietly and comfortably enjoy and I am sure when I have done,-when our religious privileges ; give ourselves I have finished my poor performance,- (those who are capable of it) to the study my friends on my right hand, Mr. of philosophy; others to poetry; others Waugh, Mr. Newton, and others, will to the cultivation of mystic religion, or to well sus:ain the character of our own meditation upon abstractions : we might Connexion. I presume it will best ac quietly and comfortably enjoy our classes, cord with the sentiments of those who our sacraments, our Christian means and manage the proceedings of the day, if I, ordinances, from Sabbath to Sabbath, at least on my part, enter as well as I am We need not give ourselves any trouble able into some practical considerations about the state and condition of the world. regarding our position. The preliminary We might fold our arms, and save ourand opening proceedings of the day, it selves from embarrassment, and let the strikes me, have been rather unusual. world go on in its present state ; and then The financial part of the Report, which we shall have no anxiety at all about debts. used to be delivered to us at the close, But, Sir, can we do so, and be Christians ? was delivered at the beginning.
Can we do so, and be a true part of the DR. BUNTING-It was so last year church of Christ? I say we cannot. also. Since we got into debt, we have What do I behold abroad in the world ? found it necessary to do so.
I behold millions of men in ignorance ; The Rev. J. Dixon-Yes, that is millions of men devoted to idolatry ; miljust the thing,—that is just what I lions of men in a state of the utmost bar. thought,—that, being in debt, and un barism ; millions of men, we have every der some anxiety, it seems to have reason to conclude, destitute of all prepaentered into the judgment of the Secre- ration for that immortality to which they taries, that they had better take us when are rushing; and can we stand by and bewe are most fresh,—when we are most hold their condition and state, without any able to receive an impression, and most movement, without any exertion, without capable of entering into it with becoming any effort to bring about a better state spirit. I thought that was the reason, and of things? We might do so, but we so it turns out; and it is quite right. Sir, should cease to be a Christian church if it is not for me to become the apolo we did. Now, Sir, this is the true ques. gist of the Society's proceedings; and tion. You have the world's wants on yet, if the task were imposed upon the one side, and you have your own exme by authority, I should have no objec. penditure on the other. I ask if our extion at all to undertake it. Although penditure is too great to meet these wants ? we have some embarrassment, I think we Do we contribute too much ? I am per. are right in principle, as well as in the suaded that every person in this assembly expen iiture of the funds intrusted to the will echo, “ No." It is true we have in management of the Committee. I am some former years gone a little beyond prepared to maintain that proposition, our means. The resources we possess, that if we had not been in debt, we should and the end sought, have not exactly
agreed together ; but that has only been general enjoy the faith and privileges of an excess of our charity, if an excess it the Gospel, as well as exhibit its spirit, can be called. Sir, it is impossible that besides all who are gone to heaven. Now, we can love our race too much ; that we Sir, we have done all this, either with or can feel too deeply respecting their state ; without God. Have we done it without that our sympathies can be too tender ; Him? Has our eloquence charmed this that our compassion can be too great. church into existence ? Have we argued As to the excess of £10,000 or £12,000 the people into a state of justification, a year, when all you do is poured upon moral renovation, and practical piety ? the poor perishing condition of a whole Have we breathed into them the breath world of sinners, it sinks into mere insig- of spiritual life and holy joy? Have we nificancy; it is nothing. When I throw constituted them what they generally my attention abroad on the state of the appear to be, moral, religious, and excel. whole world, I say these financial matters lent persons ? Sir, if we have accomare not to be considered for a single mo plished all this by the powers of our own ment in contrast with the sighs, the groans, genius, we are really a much mightier the miseries, and the dangers of the people than I ever thought we were. world. I congratulate myself, I congra. No, Sir, this is not our work, except intulate you, my friends, the Secretaries, strumentally. It is God's. Where I and all around me, that we now love our find a Christian, I find the work of God. perishing fellow-creatures a little bey We have Christians associated with us £100,000 a year.
Is this too much for on almost every distant foreign shore ; a cause so noble, although the excess has and I bring forth these converted people entailed a transient difficulty ? Sir, this as a proof of the divinity of our Mission. position of embarrassment and difficulty Nothing could be more beautiful than the must be considered in union with some illustration of our excellent friend, Dr. thing else; with the principles of the Buchanan, from Glasgow, when he deGospel; and with our own designation scended into the warehouse-stories of our and vocation. We hold as a principle, Missionary-hall. But if I want a proof that we are acting at present, and have of our success, I would not go to our wareacted from the beginning, upon a divine house of stores and outfits, but to living vocation. That, indeed, is denied us. It is
Come forward, fifty thousand affirmed we have no such call ; that God converted Negroes! Stand up, ye Hothas nothing at all to do with our opera tentots, ye Kaffirs, ye Great and Little tions ; that we are not true Ministers; Namaquas, and give us proof of the that we are not a church; that we are divinity of our call in your own converschismatics. Various epithets of that sion and holy joy! See your ten or description have been applied to us. We twelve thousand people in the societies of believe, however, that we do act upon a the Polynesian islands, who were in a divine designation and vocation; and I state of utter ignorance, barbarism, hardly should like to put the opponents of this idolatry, for they scarcely seemed to position to the proof of the contrary. I have a perception either of a material or really think they will bave a great deal an immaterial God; but who are now more to prove on their side, than I can kneeling at your altars, singing your have to vindicate on mine. They will hymns, reading your Bible, offering prayhave to show, by logical deduction, how er, devout prayer, in the morning and the it came to pass that John Wesley was so evening, and exhibiting all the beauties successful in his mission ; how Francis and loveliness of an incipient piety ! Asbury, in America, came to lay the and there is one of them !-(pointing to foundation of an Episcopal Methodist the New Zealander on the platform, church, so numerous and influential; amidst loud cheering.) I was never more how Dr. Coke came to be so successful in pleased, than by the information given forming and constituting some of the yesterday, by one of the Secretaries, that a most beautiful and glorious churches in medical gentleman, who went out to Newall Christendom, those in the West Indies; Zealand on account of his health, scepti. how Benjamin Clough, and his noble cally disposed as to the usefulness of compeers, when they went to India, suc Missions, thinking it impossible you ceeded in laying the foundation of a Cey could ever raise that poor, degraded, and lonese Mission; and then they will have barbarous people into the character of to account for the great and important Christians, had called at the Missionfact, how it is that, at this moment, we house, and informed our friends, that number, in connexion with our Mission. his observations in New Zealand had led ary department of the work, somewhere him altogether to alter his mind; that in about eighty thousand persons, who in a chapel where these New-Zealanders
worship, a thousand people meet, and our designation, and of the presence of sing the hymns you have given them in the Lord with us, we can afford to leave their own language, with an animation, the settlement of the questions about our a pathos, and a joy which we at home orders, and our calling, a little longer ; seldom, if ever, witness. They respond and then we will argue, in the course of to our Liturgy, which it seems has been fifty or a hundred years hence, or our translated into their language, with a successors shall do it, whether or not we loud “ Amen,” and nobody is offended. are Christians, whether or not we are a They listen to their Minister, it is said, branch of the holy catholic church, whewith intense attention ; and the remark
not we have been doing the was, that if a volley of artillery were Lord's will and the Lord's work. Sir, fired against the building, it would these considerations are to be associated scarcely move them. On attending pub with our pecuniary embarrassments and lic worship for the first time in this difficulties. A dispensation of the Goscountry, in the City-road chapel, yes pel has been committed to us.
We are terday morning, the young stranger from obliged, then, to proclaim it; we have New Zealand, now on the platform, re no right to hide it, in order that we may marked, that the chapel was better than save our money,—pitiful and paltry motheirs, but the congregation not so good. ney. What is that when compared with These are our witnesses. As to this the salvation of man? with the extension question of apostolic succession, you of the Redeemer's glory? Why, I very will perhaps allow me, in passing, to say much doubt whether any of us have yet a word. I greatly deplore its agitation. made any sacrifice,-except the poor. It is no joy to me, Sir, to have the mas The poor have done it: they give up their tery in argument; to think that I have pence, and it is to them a real sacrifice. truth on my side; to imagine that I But I want to know whether a man who stand upon a good foundation, and am is laying up several thousands a year, capable of supporting it; because it is and should find it in his heart to give no joy to me to have to vindicate myself one for Christ, is making any sacrifice. on these principles, amidst all these con My own impression and belief is, that tentions. My impression is, that the we have not yet arrived at the elevation great adversary is taking advantage over of Christian charity required by what us ; that he is setting us together by the God calls us to accomplish. I do not
A fine spirit had been generated ; find in the commission anything respecte a generous catholic feeling was growing ing support and provision. I find this up ; Christians met together in friendly positive, absolute, and simple commisconverse to promote the work of God, in sion, “Go ye into all the world, and a spirit of unity, specimens of which we preach the Gospel.” That is the com. nave witnessed to-day ; but the wily and mission, that is the calling, that is our arch enemy has intruded topics of dis designation ; and then all the rest is supcord, that we may give ourselves to the posed to follow. It seems that God, the study of unprofitable ecclesiastical ques Author of the apostolic commission, in tions, instead of giving ourselves exclu giving it, assumed, as it were, that his sively to the promotion of the kingdom people would never be backward to coof God and the conversion of souls. I tribute of their substance, in order to its have a great mind to take the liberty due execution. When the first Miniswhich I think my office warrants me in
ters of Christ went out, had they purse taking, that of suggesting a word of or scrip? When John Wesley went caution to my Methodist friends. While forth to carry the Gospel message, had we defend our position, as a branch of he a large sum of money in his pocket ? the true church of Christ, do let us keep He had got his horse, I suppose. to our great work,--that of labouring for Dr. BUNTING-And his Oxford the justification, the sanctification, the
Fellowship conversion, and salvation of men. Carry The Rev. J. Dixon- Dr. Bunting out your itinerant principles; go every says, “his Oxford Fellowship.” Well, where : keep to your noble Missionary then, let us take the case of John Nel. enterprise ; let nothing divert you. By son, if you please. Had John Nelson a the grace and blessing of God, we will be large sum provided, when he, and our true to principle, true to our calling, true noble and great Founder, ate blackberto the designation of our great Master, ries Cornwall, lay on a boarded floor, and we will still go on, in spite of these their saddle-bags for pillows, and then ecclesiastical contests, to the conversion' congratulated each other, during the of the world ; and if we fail now to con night, that both sides of their bodies wince our opponents of the validity of were not raw ? Sir, I am sure of the