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NOTICE OF HALF-YEARLY MEETING OF TRUSTEES. The Meeting for the Half-Yearly Distribution of Profits, arising from the Sale of the Evangelical Magazine, will be held at Baker's Coffee House, Change Alley, Cornhill, on Tuesday, the 4th of July, at eleven o'clock. The Auditors will meet at ten.
THE SCOTS FREE CHURCH AND THE
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
Sir, -A letter upon the above subject, addressed, through the columns of a contemporary, to Mr. Sherman, is commended to the serious attention of all evangelical ministers in England. The churches of Christ, disconnected with the Free Protest. ing Church in Scotland, have many reasons for aiding their brethren in that country, who have taken their stand for Christ's royalty.
Sympathy in their sufferings and reproaches for the Redeemer's name is un. doubtedly the legitimate principle for those who have entered into the holy object for which the late meeting at Exeter-Hall was convened ; and whose souls glow with the ardour of catholic charity which it was there aimed to kindle. To the initial desire of “ Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" the exhortation " strengthen thy brethren" will have the force of a cardinal command. ment; and by such should be met with a prompt expression of appreciating regard for the witnessing servants of Christ. Let the enemies of spiritual religion, and the partizans of political systems affect, as they may, to disparage the conduct of those men in Scotland whose decision in the cause of Christ commences an era in the history of the Catholic church--their names will de scend, in the chronicles of ecclesiastical reform, adorned with a halo of blended simplicity and self-denial, which has no parallel among fanatics and factionists in any age. Sincerity in sacrifice for any thing merits admiration. Sincerity in sacrifice for religion is specially admirable, as it is equally seldom to be met with, and is tested, when it does exist, by more than the common trials of moral integrity. Our brethren in Scotland have too candidly and clearly explained themselves, to leave a doubt that their object and their course, so far, are such as became them and such as claim sympathy from those with whom Christ is all. At à time, too, when the powers of hell and the
earth are rallying for a bold assault on the city of God, when the mine and the mask, and the visible machinery and munitions of war, are all in operation against the walls of Jerusalem, it would appear that the simultaneous movements of evangelical Christendom toward a centralization on the platform of the word, under the banner of the crown of Christ, and by covenanting bond to know nothing but his blood and righteousness, is a call from the Captain of the host of God, to “come forth to the help of the Lord against the mighty." In short, assuming that in its main design and preponderating motives the protesting church in Scotland is right, our principle of unity is imperfect, and our zeal for union is not from the Spirit, if we do not sympathize with it in its present peaceful contending.
Gratitude has been a standing debt of the English evangelical churches to our Scottish brethren now protesting. The writer testifies from personal knowledge to the kind. 'ness and munificence with which deputations from all the evangelistic institutions in the empire have been received by the northern brethren, at least by that portion of them which has asserted the legitimate supremacy. As a director of the Irish Society, the committee of which, with two “honorary" ex. ceptions, has from its commencement been in the hands of Episcopalians—as a pleader for the Wesleyan missions, which also is exclusive in its management and as a member of the Irish Evangelical Society, he has witnessed the ready and cordial co-operation of the Scots evangelical ministers and their people in the holy work of propagating the gospel of the grace of God.
The platforms of the Assembly, and the Hopetown rooms at Edinburgh, and the Trades'Hall at Glasgow, have often resound. ed with the hearty welcome of the representatives of religious England and Ireland, of several denominations; and in three out of four parish pulpits in those and other places has the writer successfully appealed to the voluntary munificence of Presbyterian piety, on behalf of foreign ecclesiastical objects. Never can he forget the result of a deputa. tional visit once made by him on behalf of
the Irish Evangelical Society, when, after energy for the battle of Armageddon, a more many delays and disappointments, from un. consistent carrying out of the measure of usual inclemency of the season, between THE GLORIOUS First Of June, cannot be eight and nine hundred pounds was the imagined, than a simultaneous invitation amount of proceeds from a charity, warm in from Nonconforming England to Protesting the degree of the climate's coldness.
Scotland. And does not sound policy, as much as
I am, sir, very faithfully yours, sympathy and gratitude, urge our liberal az.
AN INDEPENDENT MINISTER sistance of the brethren of the Scottish
of No PARTY. secession ? When the pressure of their incipient difficulties is abated, and the tumult of local excitement subsides, may it not be HOME AND COLONIAL INFANT SCHOOL that the recognition of kindred principle, and
SOCIETY. the recollection of practical interest, in their
Annual Meeting, May. present struggles, would lead the protesting and free churches in Scotland to seek a Chairman, the Earl of Chichester. The closer correspondence, if not a positive como report was read by J. S. Reynolds, Esq., munion with the evangelical churches on the honorary secretary, and the meeting adthe south of the Tweed? What they have done dressed by the Bishop of Norwich, J. Latoward providing for the exigency of their bouchere, Esq., and the Rev. Messrs. White circumstances, is truly a marvel of magnani. and Bickersteth. mity and magnificence, under the weight of commercial distress, which has for some years rested upon the country. After the
LORD'S DAY SOCIETY. amount of pecuniary contribution to the church extension scheme, which has already
Twelfth Anniversary, May 8. studded Scotland with probably five hundred churches, in addition to the old places of The Bishop of Winchester occupied the Dirine service, to deliberately, and, with chair, and prayers were read by the Rev. determination, set about raising funds for J. Baylee, the clerical secretary. the erection of four or five hundred more, as The report showed the prevalence of Saba first instalment of voluntary zeal for the bath-breaking, especially in the vicinity of glory of Christ, is an argument of claims London, detailed the steps taken by the upon catholic aid, to which there is no an. society to correct the evil, and stated several swer; whilst it guarantees an adequate re. instances in which its labours had been turn in due time for any service that we can successful. During the year, the sum of render them now.
9301. 15s. 9d. had been received, and the Let us not stop to examine the peculiar, payments had amounted to 9291, 8s. ld.; and, perhaps, infelicitous phraseology, which leaving a balance in the hands of the treathe jealousy of their own principles may in- surer of 11. 7s. 8d. The debts owing by the duce some of them to employ : - Great men society on the 31st of March last amounted are not always wise." Great revolutions to 2751. 2s. are not accomplished without some discre. The meeting was addressed by J. P. pancies. To all intents and purposes, the Plumptre, Esq., M.P., the Dean of Salisbury, secession is an assertion of voluntaryism, the Rev. Messrs. Preston and Davies, Cap. absolute as the most decided enemy to state tains Fishbourne and Saumarez, and by endowments could wish. In fact it is a Joseph Wilson, Esq. practical declaration, to which our most elo. quent ratiocinations upon the theory of willinghood must submit. Let them have their BRITISH AND FOREIGN SAILORS' SOCIETY. fancy for their deed, until they shall have worked tbemselves into conviction of their
Tenth Anniversary, May 8. innocent fallacy.
With the communications of congratula. The chair during the evening was occu. tion and encouragement that it may be pied by C. Hindley, Esq., M.P., and G. F. hoped will pour into the October assembly Young, Esq. ; and prayer was offered by the of the Free Church of Scotland, from our Rev. C. Gilbert. Nonconforming bodies, let a hearty tender The Rev. R. Ferguson read the report. of better service be made, in the proffer of It commenced by some remarks on the claims our pulpits, and in the commissioned invi. of seamen, and then proceeded to detail the tation of our people to the acceptance of society's proceedings with regard to the port what they may be able to give of their of London. There was no port in the kingpecuniary means. A more grateful memo. dom where the means of religious instrucrial of religious revival in British Dissent, a tion were more abundant. The Thames more auspicious manifestation of rallying missionary reported, that many seamen had not only heard the glad sound of salvation, royal nary and the merchant service; of but had obtained redemption through the whom there are said to be not fewer than blood of the Lamb. A larger measure of 200,000, besides 100,000 boatmen, belonging success had attended their labours among to this country. During the past year, seamen, than during any former year. Hun. 3,955 ships and other vessels had been dreds of Bethel captains were now solemnly visited or revisited, on board which 1,232 pledged to the cause in which the society English Prayer-books, and thirty-five in were engaged ; both Bethel captains and foreign languages, and five books of bomilies, Bethel ships were multiplying every year. had been sold at reduced prices; 600 books The benefits of the distribution of religious of select homilies, and 402 homily tracts, had tracts were beyond dispute. On board ships, been supplied gratuitously; making a grand sailing to almost every port in the world, total, since the year 1824, of 41,545 vessels there were no fewer than from 500 to 600 visited, in the port of London only, and of loan libraries. During the past year the 21,938 books of Common Prayer, and 267 day and Sunday-schools had been placed on books of homilies, sold at reduced prices, a more efficient plan of operation. In con. Also, during the last fifteen years, abont nexion with the sailors' chapel, a Christian 1,000 copies of Family Prayers, and 16,468 society had been formed, and nearly 200 Select Homilies, supplied to ships gratui. seamen enrolled as communicants. The ap. tously. The plan of lecturing upon the peal which had been made on behalf of the homilies had been carried into effect with Lascars had met with but a feeble response. a view to show the scriptural character of In reference to provincial operations, the the Church of England. The Committee report detailed the society's procedure at had communicated with the delegates of the Newcastle-on-Tyne, Sunderland, Scarbo. Oxford press on the subject of the alterations rough, Whitby, North and South Shields, in the punctuation of the Prayer-books, and &c. The foreign operations were then had received an assurance that their commubrought under review, and illustrated the nication wonld be attended to. A corres. beneficial results accruing from the labours pondent at Medina had called the attention of the institution. The committee had, to a of the Committee to an omission in their great extent, felt the pressure of the times. edition of the German Prayer-book, viz., the The subscriptions had considerably fallen declaration at the end of the communion off, and there was a defalcation upon the with respect to kneeling. This omission year of about 9001.
was the more remarkable, as No. 90 of the The resolutions were moved and sustained Tracts for the Times declared that declaraby the Rev. Messrs. G. Smith, Dobson, J. tion as the least defensible of any of the forW. Richardson, E. E. Adams, Burnet, and mularies of the Protestant Church of EnMorris ; also by J. Pain, Esq., and Rear gland, while Bishop Hopkins spoke of it as Admiral Young.
the best defence against Popery. That omis. sion had been supplied, as well as that of the
calendar. The Society had translated the COLONIAL CHURCH SOCIETY.
whole or parts of the Liturgy into twenty
seven different languages. The Chinese Seventh Anniversary, May 3.
translation, by the late Dr. Morrison, so
favourably spoken of by Professor Kidd, of Captain Sir E. Parry, R. N., occupied the
the Anglo-Chinese College, had gone through chair. Captain Cotton read the report,
four editions of 2,000 copies each; and the which detailed interesting facts connected
Committee requested a special fund for with the operations of the society in several
another reprint. The Society's publications of the Colonies. The proceeds of the society
were circulating with great benefit in India, for the year were reported to be 3,2251. 10s.
Western Africa, Medina, Canada, South Sea Addresses were delivered to the meeting
Islands, Spain, &c. A homily in Hebrew by the Rev. Messrs. Yorke, Stowell, Bick
was in course of publication. The Society's ersteth, Noel, Close, C. W. Wilson, Hanson,
income for the past year bad amounted to and Chave.
2,5901., including a legacy of 2501. from the
late Rev. T. Natt. By declining to make any PRAYER BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY. grants, except under very peculiar circum
stances, and limiting the issues from the Thirty-first Anniversary, May 4. depository, the debt of the Society had been
reduced nearly one-fourth. The total numThe chair was occupied by Lord Bexley, ber of books issued during the past year was the president of the Society."
11,872 bound books, and 29,995 homily The Rev. F. Dollman having read prayers, tracts, making a grand total since the estaproceeded to read the report, which com- blishment of the Society of 424,592 bound menced with a statement of the operations books, and 2,574,113 tracts. of the Society in respect to sailors of the The resolutions were moved and sustained by the Rev. Drs. Ellerton, Marsh, and Di Richards, and interesting addresses delivered Menna; by the Rev. Messrs. Mellor and by the Rev. Messrs. Ady, Clayton, CampHearn; also, by Captains Cole and Harcourt, bell, Morris, Rogers, Richard, Ashton, and Admiral Hawker, the Marquis of Cholmon. E. Dawson, Esq. The devotional services deley, and J. Stow, Esq.
were conducted by the Rev. Messrs. Soule, Campbell, Kent, and Mirams.
In the course of the past year, the society PEACE SOCIETY.
has been deprived of one of its valued mis
sionaries, the Rev. J. V. Widgery, who laTwenty-eighth Anniversary, May 23. boured most assiduously and successfully
under its auspices during a period of twenty The chair was occupied by S. Gurney, years. Esq., the Treasurer.
The society has also had to mourn the The Rev. J. Jefferson (Secretary), read loss of its devoted and long-tried friend, the report. It commenced by paying a well. the Rev. T. Jackson, of Stockwell, who for deserved tribute to the memory of the late the same number of years was one of its Rev. N. M. Harry, who was for some years gratuitous secretaries, and to the close of the efficient secretary of the society. The life was engaged in the promotion of its labours of Mr. Rigaud, one of the society's interests. There is, however, cause to reagents, were then detailed. The agency joice, amidst these bereavements, that the fund had been increased, but additional sub reports from its several stations were never scriptions were needed, in order fully to more gratifying; and it is earnestly hoped carry out the design. The general opera that God will raise up other friends to suptions had been carried on with considerable ply the vacancies made by death, and that encouragement. The publications of the the future prosperity of this Home Mission society had been circulated to at least as will greatly exceed its past success. great an extent as in former years. The American Peace Society continued to labour with assiduity and zeal, and with much suc
ORDINATIONS. cess. In France it was hoped that there was an increased feeling in favour of peace.
The Rev. John Tayler. The report then expressed the gratification
On Wednesday the 12th of April, 1843, of the Committee at the termination of the
the Rev. John Tayler, late of Newport Pagwars in Afghanistan and China, and, after
nell College, was ordained to the pastorate alluding with approbation to the formation
of the church and congregation worshipping of a society for the prevention of duelling,
in the Independent chapel, Hounslow, Mid. concluded by calling attention to the en
dlesex. The Rev. B. H. Kluht, of Twicksuing Peace Convention. From the cash
enbam, commenced the services with reading account it appeared that the total receipts
and prayer. The Rev. Josiah Bull, A.M., for general purposes during the past year
late Classical Tutor of Newport Pagnell Col. were 6751. 28. 10d. ; the expenditure, 6591.
lege, delivered the introductory discourse; the 128. 1d.: but the society was under liabili.
Rev. Charles Gilbert, of Islington, proposed ties to the amount of 3501. On account of
the usual questions; the Rev. Alexander the agency fund, there had been received
Fletcher, A.M., of Finsbury chapel, London, 1731. 138. ; expended, 2161.
offered up the ordination prayer, with impoThe resolutions were moved and seconded
sition of hands; the Rev. T. W. Jenkyn, by J. Scoble, S. Rigaud, J. S. Buckingham,
D.D., President of Coward College, deliJ. Backhouse, H. Macnamara, and J. Tap
vered the charge ; and the Rev. D. W. Aspan (America), Esqrs.; also by the Rev.
ton, of Buckingham, addressed the church Messrs. Clarke (Fernando Po), Burnet, and
and congregation. The Rev. Messrs. West, Hargreaves; and by Dr. Lee.
of Sunbury; Stevens, of Hampton; Lord,
of Walton; Newbury, of Feltham; and PROVINCIAL
Porter, of Staines, took parts in the solemn and interesting services of the day, which
were concluded with prayer by the Rev. J. SURREY MISSION Society.
Tayler, the newly ordained minister.
The Rev. Edward Tasker. Rev. James Hill, of Clapham, preached in On Wednesday, April 4th, 1843, the Rev. the morning, from Gal. i. 24. The annual Edward Tasker was ordained to the pastoral meeting was held in the evening, Thomas charge of the church and congregation worKingsbury, Esq., of Putney, in the chair. shipping in Mount Zion chapel, Sheffield. A highly encouraging report of the society's On Tuesday evening, the Rev. R. S. Bai. operations was read by the Rev. J. E. ley, F.S.A., Principal of the People's Col.
lege, delivered a discourse, full of power and train of thought strikingly calculated to genius, and Christian sympathy, as prepara- show the dignity and responsibility of the tory to the services of the morrow.
Christian minister, pointing out at the same On Wednesday morning, the Rev. Thos. time the late glorious openings of Provi. Smith, M.A., Classical Tutor of Rotherham dence for Christian enterprise on a scale, College, commenced the interesting services the amplitude of which could exhaust more of the day, by reading appropriate portions than all the talent and piety-based, as they of Scripture and prayer. The Rev. W. H. ought always to be, on vast stores of knowStowell, Principal and Theological Tutor of ledge-which might at the present time be Masbro' College, delivered a learned and brought into operation. lengthened address on the nature of dissent The Rev. Mark Docker gave out the and the constitution of a Christian church. hymns during the whole of the services. The Rev. Samuel Bellamy asked the usual questions, and received the young minister's confession of faith, which, by showing how
CHAPELS. beautifully the Spirit adapts its workings of the kind of subject upon which it operates,
Market Harborough. leading the mind gradually over tbis diffi. The trustees of the Independent chapel, culty, and beside that obstacle, pointing out in this town, beg to submit to their friends the force of that argument or the cogency of and the public the following statement, with proof of this series of ratiocinations, till at the full belief that it needs no apology :length the lights of conviction dawned with At the close of last year the old Indea softened radiance and loveliness, that be pendent meeting-house, which had been in token their origin to be divine, produced existence nearly two hundred years, having sensations in the people, and excited emo. been examined by two experienced archi. tions, that cannot soon die away. In the tects, was found to be in so insecure a state, answers to the various questions there was that either several hundred pounds must be an unconscious opening up of the depths of expended upon it, or an entire new building a deep-seated piety, an originality, power, erected. The congregation unanimously deand range of intellect, a delicacy of concep- termined upon this latter alternative, intion, the exquisite in tarte, and withal an tending, also, to place the new erection on elegance of diction that speedily called forth the more eligible site heretofore occupied by feelings of affection, admiration, and sym. the house and other buildings belonging to pathy, at once vivid and powerful, and, in the minister for the time being, all of which times like the present, were felt to be were in a state of great decay. The esti. truly refreshing, when all the talent, and mated cost of the new erection was 1,8001., learning, and piety, and well-directed fer exclusive of the old materials, and nearly vour of the whole wide range of the dissent. 1,6001. was immediately contributed by the ing pastorate are likely to be needed in congregation alone, and placed for security defence of principles to an extent never yet in the Harborough Bank. A plan for the required in the history of congregationalism. new chapel was then agreed upon, and the The prognostications, therefore, of superior whole of the old buildings taken down; mental power manifested on the present oc. when, on the 24th of April, just as the concasion by this amiable, talented, and highly- tracts for building were being made, the promising young minister, must have been proceedings were most unexpectedly arvery gratifying to his brethren in the minis. rested by the failure of the bank ; by which try, and doubtless filled the minds of his calamity not only will a loss of more than people with holy joy and gratitude. The half the deposit be sustained, and the reordination prayer was then offered up by the mainder rendered unavailable for a considerRev. J. H. Muir, of Queen-street chapel, in able period, but almost every individual strains most solemn, and in manner most subscriber being subjected to severe pecu. sacred, with the imposition of hands. The niary loss from the same cause, the previous Rev. Alexander Ewing, A.M., of Halifax, intention of raising the necessary funds from the minister's postor, gave an animated, the congregation becomes utterly hopeless. practical, heart-searching, yet affectionate Besides the chapel, it was also intended, charge, after which the ministers, many at no distant time, to erect a dwelling-house students from Rotherham College, and other for the minister, instead of the old and difriends, to the number of nearly two hun lapidated one taken down. dred, sat down to a cold collation provided It is with extreme regret that the trustees for the occasion.
and subscribers are thus compelled to apIn the evening, the Rev. S. Bellamy peal to the public for assistance, which how. having conducted the devotional services, ever, under their altered circumstances, they the Rev. James Parsons, of York, preached do with earnestness and much confidence. to an overflowing congregation, in his usually Certainly had the events above referred to eloquent and powerful style, pursuing a not occurred, such appeal would never have