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ministration, fall of the pith and marrow of the subject of the education of the rising the gospel. Tae text is, Isa. lvii. 1, 2; ministry, and as we know how ably he from which the author shows, with much carries out his plans in the college over pithos, that the death of righteous men is which he presides, we are happy to find eminently blessed to themselves, and por that he has been induced to lay before the tentous to survivors.
public the result of his matured reflection upon a topic of such vast importance to the
prosperity of the Christian cause. His are Man's IGNORANCE of his TIME. A Ser- not the opinions of a mere theorist, but of
mon, occasioned by the sudden death of one who has consecrated the energies of a the Rev. SAMUEL KIDD, late Missionary, powerful and original mind to the best inand Principal of the Anglo-Chinese Col. terests of the Christian church. lege at Malacca; and, subsequently, Pro If the Congregational Churches are to fessor of the Chinese Language and Li- preserve their present standing, and to avail terature, in University College, London. themselves of the events of Providence, in By John WOODWARK. 8vo, pp. 28. rising to a more commanding position, their T. Ward and Co.
attention must be growingly directed to the The passage of scripture upon which this schools of the prophets. Upon the cha. tribute of respect to the memory of Mr. racter of the ministry must depend the proKidd is founded, is peculiarly appropriate. gress or decay of Protestant Dissent. We The call of the Master to our departed friend could wish to see Dr. Harris's discourse in was sudden and unexpected: and the words the bands not only of every minister, but of selected for his funeral discourse are those every layman. It is eloquent and argu. of the wise man, Eccles. ix. 12, “ Man also mentative ; but it is also in a high degree knoweth not his time ;" from which the practical. In rising from its perusal, we preacher takes occasion, I. To notice the
have felt, “Well, there is nothing recomgeneral fact assumed in the inspired decla. mended here that might not be adopted, ration, and to show, that man fails ade provided only that a right feeling existed in quately to appreciate his time, that he the churches." Of all the essays we have knows not his time in relation to opportu seen on ministerial education, this is incomnities, incidents, and occurrences, and to the
parably the best. We earnestly recommend uncertainty of human life; II. To consider
it to the attention of Pastors, and, through the argument which the declaration sup. them, to their flocks. plies, which is powerfully employed by the preacher in enforcing the lessons which arise from the fact that man knows not his time.
WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. The entire discourse is a composition 1. The Biblical Cabinet; or, Hermeneutical, Ex. highly creditable to the respected author;
egetical, and Philological Library. Vol. XLIII.
A Historico-creographical Account of Palestine in rich in theological sentiment, and eminently
the time of Christ; or, the Bible Student's Help to fitted to conduct to a right improvement of the thorough Knowledge of Scripture. By D. JOIN this uncertain and shadowy life.
FREDERICK ROHR. Translated, with Notes and The sketch of the late Professor Kidd is.
Corrections, from the German, by the Rev. DAVID
EsdAILE, Minister of Rescobie. T. Clark, Edin. as just as it is affectionate, and will be
burgh, greatly valued by the friends of the deceased
2. Fifty Sermons, delivered by the Rev. Robert as furnishing an excellent account of his life
Hall, MA., chiefly during the last five years of his and labours. The profits of the discourse ministry: from Notes taken at the time of their are to be devoted to the benefit of the widow
delivery. By the Rev. THOMAS GRINFIELD, M.A.,
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By the late Rev. ROBERT HALL, A.M. From shortThe IMPORTANCE of an EDUCATED MI hand notes, by JOAN GREENE, author of "Re
miniscences of the late Robert Hall," Hamilton, NISTRY. By John HARRIS, D.D., 8vo.
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4. Lives of the Queens of England, from the NorWe are delighted to perceive that the man Conquest. With Anecdotes of their Courts, mind of the author of " Mammon ” has now first published from official records, and other
authentic documents, private as well as public. suffered no abatement of vigour or com
By AGNES STRICKLAND. Vol. VI. Queen Elizaprehension from the incessant taxation to beth H. Colburn, which it has been subjected during the last
5. South Indian Missionary Sketches : containing ten years. The discourse, or rather essay, a Short Account of the Missionary Stations conbefore us, will bear to be compared with the nected with the Church Missionary Society, in writer's best productions. As we have long
Southern India, in Letters to a Young Friend. By
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THE LATE MEETING FOR CHRISTIAN
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
SIR,- I have been induced to address you in consequence of an article that appeared in the July number of the “Protestant Magazine," which was headed “The Christian Union Meeting at Exeter-hall." In that article there are some mis-statements that I wish to correct, if you will allow me to do so through the medium of your valuable journal. I think it highly desirable to do so, inasmuch as the “ Protestant Magazine" is read by a large portion of the laity of the Church of England, many of whom might be liable to entertain, from the perusal of the article in question, incorrect notions of the scheme of union, as well as of its prin cipal friends.
I should have passed over the objection to the chairman on that occasion with which the article commences, had it not stood connected with the charge, that “the spirit of dissent and disaffection to the established institutions in church and state" charac terized the meeting. This being only an assertion, merits no more than a corres. ponding denial. Those who attended that meeting, or read the report of its proceed. ings, will feel convinced that the charge is utterly unfounded.
The writer goes on to state, that “The resolutions are extremely plausible, but the hostility aimed by them at the Established Church is rather awkwardly disguised." He then instances the fourth and fifth resolutions of the meeting, and adds, “which we consider to be framed in a spirit of direct hostility to religious establishments." He then proceeds as follows :
“We particularly request attention to the mention of spiritual qualifications' in the fourth resolution, used, we believe, for the purpose of indirectly asserting the superiority of Dissenters over Churchmen in this important feature in a Christian minis try. We deny the arrogant and unfounded
claim ; and we challenge the Dissenters to produce, out of all their varieties of Noncon. formity, more complete examples of piety, according to the true standard of Scripture, than are to be found among the divines of the Church of England. But surely the Dissenters ought to be the last people in the world to make any boast of spiritual qualifications. 0! we would say to them, “Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy proceed out of your mouth.' Rather let them be humbled in reviewing the violent and injurious part-injurious, we say, both to their country and themselves, which they have taken of late years in questions purely of a political and revolutionary character."
In reply to this quotation, I would say, in the first place, that any person reading the resolution in question, (the fourth,) and making use of his intellect in so doing, would be perplexed to find the “ arrogant and unfounded claim,” which is denied by the writer of that article. He has in truth hurled forth the artillery of his pen against a mere shadow. By the way, if it had been more, he would have been probably less Quixotic. As for the Dissenters being "the last people in the world to make any boast of spiritual qualifications," I am sure, Sir, you will agree with me, that, in this re. spect, they do not stand second even to that church, the evangelical portion of whose clergy and Jaity they regard with every sentiment of esteem and affection. Once more, Sir, the Dissenters, as a body, and with very few exceptions. have been the firm and loyal adherents to the throne and government of their country ; nor have they been revolutionists since the glorious 1688.
The writer goes on to state, that the Dissenters did not join the Protestant Association, because they did not value the British institutions ;' and again, “the paramount feeling in a Dissenter's mind, the leading article in his creed, is too often a bitter and implacable animosity to the church of his country.” To the first of these charges I reply, that the Protestant Association was founded on too parrow a basis for
Dissenters to join it without compromise. Rev. Rowland Hill, the Rev. Matthew To the second, that the Dissenters have no Wilks, the Rev. Thomas Jackson, Joseph bitter and implacable animosity to the Church Hardcastle, Esq., Thomas Hayter, Esq., of England : they only claim the right of and Thomas Walker, Esq., now with God holding their own views when they differ their Saviour ; and the committee solicit from that church.
the co-operation of the friends of the ProIn conclusion, Sir, I for one am not in. testant faith in Britain, in perpetuating the clined to admit, that the Dissenters have good work commenced by those honoured betrayed their country and their religion servants of Christ. into the power of “the Papal Antichrist," To those ministers who have been fanor am I apprehensive that the impartial voured with the advantages of this instituhistorian will accuse them of so doing. tion, and to those congregations whose I am, Mr. Editor, yours truly,
places of worship are on the trusts of this A NONCONFORMIST.
society, the committee especially appeal ; but
they hope that many friends of the ReSouthwark, July 11, 1843.
deemer, not directly connected with those N.B. I trust, Sir, that neither yourself churches, will also readily contribute in connor the readers of the “Evangelical Maga
sideration of the services rendered to the zine" will impute to me a desire to raise
United Kingdom, to the British colonies, discord between Episcopalians and Dis and to missions to the heathen, by the persenters. My intention has been to the
sonal ministry, and edifying writings of contrary.
more than one hundred and thirty ministers and missionaries educated in this institution.
The committee are extremely anxious not HACKNEY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, to touch, for the new buildings, their too
small reserve of funded property, from Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.
which they have paid for the freehold ; and The committee of this society have re. they are encouraged in this desire, by numecently purchased the freehold of their va- rous promises already received. luable premises in Well-street, Hackney, Contributions will be thankfully received and finding them, on a careful survey, in a by the Rev. G. Collison, Theological Tutor, dilapidated condition, they have resolved to and the Rev. S. Ransom, Classical and Heeffect their substantial repair, with neces. brew Tutor, Hackney ; J. G. Stapelton, sary improvement in the resident Tutor's Esq., Treasurer, Clapham; the Rev. A. dwelling-house, and also to erect fourteen Reed, D.D., Hackney ; the Rev. A. Tidcommodious studies, and as many sleeping. man, Mission-house, Blomfield-street, Finsrooms, an alteration indispensable to the bury; the Rev. T. Timpson, Lewisham ; health and comfort of the students.
Mr. E. Ashby, 1, Old Broad-street; and To accomplish this most desirable under the Rev. J. E. Richards, Secretary, Wandstaking, they will require the sum of 35001. ; worth, Surrey. towards which the committee have appropriated the legacy of 5001., bequeathed by their late highly esteemed treasurer, Thomas THE BLACK PREACHER'S RECEPTION. Walker, Esq. ; and they earnestly appeal to On the first sabbath in June, and immethe Christian public to aid them in raising diately after the great meeting at Exeterthe remainder, which is needed immediately, hall to promote Christian Union, the esas the new erections will be completed teemed minister of Surrey Chapel, who during the present month.
assisted in convening that “ festival of Every intelligent Christian must feel the love," preached to his own people on the importance of supporting those institutions subject. After the sermon, he announced to which have been founded for the education the large congregation, that the members of of pious young men in sound Biblical learn. his church were about to celebrate the suping, for the ministry of the gospel ; and more per of the Lord, and he hoped that all preespecially at the present time, when, on the sent who were members of Christ's holy one hand, general knowledge is making such church, thongh not in connexion with rapid progress; and on the other, so many Surrey Chapel, would unite with them on of the teachers of religion are evincing a the occasion. This affectionate invitation fearful defection from the great truths of the was responded to by Episcopalians, PresbyProtestant Reformation, the essential doc terians, Wesleyans, Baptists, Moravians, trines of our Lord Jesus Christ.
and others, who were admitted by tickets This institution was founded in 1803, by received from the elders of the church. those benevolent men of God, the late Rev. Among the applicants, there was one of the John Eyre and Charles Townsend, Esq. sons of Africa. The elder inquired, “ Are On the list of its earliest and most devoted you a member of the Christian church?” supporters, are the venerated names of the “ Yes," was the reply. “ Of what church?”
“The Congregational Church at Hartford, man, and could not go beyond a certain in Connecticut.” “Who is the pastor ?" spot. Even one of the excellent ministers "I am." It turned out that he was the who has given me the kindest testimonials to Rev. James William Charles Pennington, friends in this country, could not ask me to the pastor of the fifth Congregational Church unite with his church as I have done with at Hartford. He was immediately intro- yours.” Oh! there was a hallowed burst duced to Mr. Sherman, who found that he of feeling from the members of the church came to this country with satisfactory testi- when these things were heard ; they were monials in reference to his piety and useful. "angry,” but “ sinned not.” The silent ness. At this moment the pastor was pro- prayer ascended from many hearts, that this ceeding to the table of the Lord, and our foul blot might be removed from the passable brother took his place among the com- tors and members of the American churches, municants. He only remained there a short and that “the mind which was in Christ time, when he proceeded to the table, and Jesus might be found in them." He loves assisted in distributing the elements of the his image, whether it is seen in the white Saviour's dying love, in consequence of the face of the European, or in the ebony visage illness of one of the officiating ministers. It of a son of Ham. All the members joined was a blessed scene! It will long be re- with their coloured brother in singingmembered! One dear aged sister, when
“ From east to west, from north to south, she retired from the hallowed spot, ex
Then be his name adored! claimed, with tears, “Oh! what a privilege
Europe, with all thy millions, shout to have lived to see that dear black man at
Hosannas to thy Lord. our table.” Oh that American Christians
" Asia and Africa, resound
From shore to shore his fame! could feel like this dear saint ! In the
And thou, America, in songs, afternoon Mr. Pennington delivered a sim
Redeeming love pruclaim." ple, but truly excellent address to the Surrey
On Sabbath day, the 19th June, the pasChapel Sunday-school children, which was
tor of Surrey Chapel opened his pulpit to listened to with deep interest, and the
his sable brother. He preached to a large teachers pray that the Holy Spirit may bless the word, in leading many to believe
and deeply interested congregation, from the
text, “Behold I stand at the door and in the Saviour. On the evening following this happy
knock," &c. His sermon was simple and
scriptural, which will be seen from the folscene, Mr. Pennington attended the church
lowing outline: meeting at Surrey Chapel, and delivered a
I. The Son of God is at the door.--The short, modest, and suitable address. He
door is the heart. referred in touching terms to the coloured
II. The Son of God makes a condition.man's trials in the United States, in the
“ If any man will open the door." spirit of the beautiful rule, “Speaking the
III. The Son of God gives a rich pro. truth in love." He assured a friend that
mise : “I will come in to him ;" “He will at the close of the previous Sabbath, no
spread before him all the riches of his one could tell what his feelings were. He
grace," &c. had long been a member of the church,
His appeals to the backslider and the and a preacher of the gospel, but never till
sinnner were very effective, particularly to that day had he been permitted to unite
the former, to whom he pointed out the with the white man in the services of the
danger of remaining in his unhappy state, temple, and to feel that all were “one in
from the 5th chapter of the Song of Solo. Christ." He had often longed to see the
mon, and 4th verse. The congregation place where the venerable Rowland Hill
united with much spirit in singing preached, and his desire had been realized ; there he had worshipped, without being the
** Let the Indian, let the negro,
Let the rude barbarian see marked man---there he had united in com
That divine and glorious conquest memorating the Saviour's dying love with
Once obtain'd on Calvary. those who felt there was no difference between
Let the gospel the bond and the free; and there the coloured
Loud resound from pole to pole." man had invited the white man's children to Who can tell what may be the result of the dear Redeemer. Never will a few sen. these interesting services? Doubtless they tences of his address to the church be for will be blessed to the church and congregagotten. “In my own country, if I wished, tion, and the pastor and his people will hear I could go to any Roman Catholic church at the judgment day, “I was a stranger in the United States, and I should be re.
and ye took me in : forasmuch as ye did it ceived in any part of it. I could go to the unto one of the least of these my disciples, Socinian chapel and be kindly received ; but ye did it unto me." The services may be if I ventured into the church of the Episco. influential even in America, and there the palian, Presbyterian, Methodist, Congrega example of love to the coloured man may be tional, or Baptist, I should be the marked imitated by devoted ministers of the Union,
who may have grace to rise above the pre. Laidler, of Harlestone; the minister was judices that have hitherto led them to act addressed by the Rev. G. R. Hewlings, of contrary to the spirit of their Divine Lord. London. Would He reject the black saint from per In the course of the afternoon, an intersonal fellowship? No! “ though black, esting account was given, by G. Lamb and he would be comely in the dear Saviour's J. Jarrold, Esqrs., of the introduction of sight."
the gospel into the village, of the persecuThe church at Surrey Chapel have pre- tions which raged, and of the sufferings en. sented, through their esteemed pastor, a dured by the Dissenters. handsomely bound Commentary on the Holy The evening service was introduced by Scriptures, and other useful Commentaries, the Rev. S. A. Browning, of Framlingham; to Mr. Pennington, as a token of their love and the church and congregation were adto the sons of Africa, with sincere prayer dressed by the Rev. George Wilkins that all the American churches may remove Rendham ; and other ministers engaged in the cloud which now rests on their charac- the services of the day. ters as Christians, and the great promoters of civil and religious liberty. The writer of these remarks has heard
Rev. Mr. Nicoll. that Mr. Pennington has had a kind recep. On Tuesday, the 13th June, Mr. Nicoll, tion from the Committee of the Religious who has been studying for some years past Tract Society. He was received as the under the direction of the Congregational president of a society formed among the Union of Scotland, was ordained pastor of coloured people at Hartford, of which he the Congregational church at Rhynie, Aberwas the president. He was grateful for the deenshire. The Rev. Messrs. Knill and affection shown him by the friends of that Alexander, the deputation from the London useful institution, particularly as he was not Missionary Society, having been appointed allowed to meet with the white man on the to visit Rhynie on that day, advantage was committees of the Bible, Missionary, and taken of the circumstance to secure their Tract Societies of America. The com services at the ordination, as well as on bemittee presented him with the sixteen vo half of the society. After the introductory lumes of the Society's series of Christian services, which were conducted by the Rev. Biography, as a mark of their respect for Mr. Rennie, Culsamond, the Rev. Mr. Alexhim and his coloured brethren associated ander preached an excellent sermon from with him in the work of the Lord. It was 1 Cor. xv. 3, 4 ; the usual questions were pleasing to hear one of the Episcopalians on then asked by the Rev. Mr. Morrison, Dun. the committee exclaim, with peculiar fer- canstone, to which Mr. Nicoll returned vour, “Oh! what a privilege I should have highly satisfactory replies ; Mr. Alexander felt it to have received, at Surrey Chapel, then offered up the ordination prayer; after the emblems of my blessed Lord's love from which, the Rev. Mr. Hill, of Huntly, dethe hands of a black preacher of righteous. livered a useful and impressive address to
Mr. Nicoll, from 2 Tim. ii. 15; Mr. Knill Mr. Pennington is anxious to establish a followed with a striking address to the printing-press at the station where he la. people, and the services of this deeply inbours, where tracts and books, written by teresting occasion were closed by Mr. Knill the sons of Ethiopia, will be printed, for the
rayer. purpose of general circulation. It is hoped The day was very favourable, the attend. that he will obtain liberal contributions in ance numerous, and the interest evinced aid of this important object. W.J. deep. May the Lord cause his blessing to
rest upon pastor and upon people, so that
many may have occasion to thank Him ORDINATIONS.
through eternity for the union which was
this day consummated ! Rev. D. Jones. The Rev. D. Jones was ordained to the
Rev. Alfred Scales. pastoral office over the Independent church and congregation at Wickham Market, Suf. The ordination of the Rev. Alfred Scales folk, on the 29th of June.
to the co-pastorate with the Rev. W. Ward, The morning service was introduced by over the Independent church at Stowmarket, the Rev. T. Hayward, of Woodbridge; the Suffolk, took place on Wednesday, the 28th introductory discourse was delivered by the of June. Rev. John Davies, of Lincoln ; the usual The Rev. John Alexander, of Norwich, questions were proposed (on account of the delivered the introductory discourse, and unavoidable absence of the Rev. J. Whitby, pointed out, in the most clear and powerful of Ipswich,) by the Rev. T. Hayward, the manner, the errors and evils of the Estab. ordination prayer was offered by the Rev. S. lished Church, and the sacrifices which the