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ing degrees of talent and acquirement were the report for the year, which was, upon the evinced, the impression was, that commend. whole, highly encouraging, the only deside. able and successful diligence had been exhia ratum appearing to be a more extended bited in pursuit of their various studies. pecuniary support. The Rev. Thomas

At the general meeting the friends and Roome, the domestic chaplain, also read a subscribers derived great pleasure from the short report, in which he detailed the relifact, that in consequence of the active exer- gious instruction afforded to the pupils tions of friends who know the value of the during the session, and the two reports institution, and of some new arrangements taken together conveyed a very satisfactory made by the committee, the financial state idea of the state of discipline and improveof the institution presents an improved ment at Silcoates. This institution is esaspect, which it is hoped its friends will tablished for the purpose of affording a libecontinue to sustain.

ral education, at a cheap rate, to the sons of An eloquent and impressive sermon was ministers and missionaries connected with delivered on the occasion, in the chapel in the Independent denomination. The school Castle-street, by the Rev. G. Smith, of is beautifully situated; it is an Eden spot ; Poplar, London.

embosomed in woods, and surrounded by the fairest scenery. This is no slight mat

ter; for the forms of nature have an influ. NORTHERN CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL ence, whether it be perceived or not, in For the Education of the Sons of Ministers forming the tastes and habits of the boy, and Missionaries.

and, of course, of the man. The moral tenThe twelfth annual examination of this dency of the institution cannot be otherwise excellent institution took place at Silcoates

than good. Secular education of the best House, on Wednesday, July 5th. The Rev.

sort, combined with religious instruction, is W. H. Stowell, President of Rotherham

the very beau ideal of education; and such College, presided, and the attendance of

an education is imparted at Silcoates School. friends of the institution was numerous and It is well deserving of public support; and very respectable. Amongst the ministers pre

we trust that the support which it has sent were the Revs. A. Ewing, A.M. and hitherto received will be increased, in pro. Pridie, of Halifax ; Scales and Rawson, of portion as the nature and design of the insti. Leeds; Lorraine and Lamb, of Wakefield ; tution become better known and understood. Eccles, of Hopton, and Stringer, of Idle, &c. The scholars were examined in the Greek

IRELAND. and Latin classics, French, history, mathematics, geology, land-surveying, and several

CONGREGATIONAL UNION. other departments of literature. Some of The fourteenth anniversary of the Conthem exhibited their proficiency in English gregational Union of Ireland was held in composition, by reading original essays ; Dublin, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, they also showed an accurate knowledge of and Friday, the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th acoustics, and of the important art of ora of June, 1843. tory. At the conclusion of the proceedings, The proceedings commenced with a public the chairman paid a high and well-deserved prayer meeting in Plunket-street Meetingcompliment to the scholars for their general house, early on Tuesday morning, when the proficiency; also to their principal tutor, devotional exercises were conducted by the Mr. Munro, for the care he had evidently Rev. Messrs. Morrison, Godkin, Potter, bestowed upon them. All who were able to M.D., and Urwick, D.D. An address was form an opinion must have felt, and they delivered by the Rev. J. Jennings. appeared to feel, that Mr. Stowell had flat. On Tuesday evening a large number of tered neither the scholars nor their master. friends assembled at a tea party, in the The excellent training of the boys, and their school-room, in Plunket.street. T. Figgis, prompt and intelligent answers to the various Esq., presided ; and addresses were delivered questions put to them, were suggestive of by the Rev. Messrs. Smith, Brien, Silly, many pleasing reflections. Prizes were next Dillon, Jordan, Bain, Morrison, and Ur. distributed to such as had distinguished wick, D.D. themselves during the session, the chairman On Wednesday evening, the Rev. David accompanying each prize with a few appro Russell, of Glasgow, delegate from the Conpriate remarks.

gregational Union of Scotland, preached a The financial and general business of the powerful sermon in York-street Chapel; the school was then transacted, and officers and Rev. J. Potter having commenced the sera committee appointed for the year ensuing. vice with reading the Scriptures and prayer. Robert Milligan, Esq., of Acacia, the trea At breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday surer of the institution, was voted into the mornings, addresses were delivered by the chair, and called upon Mr. Munro to read Rev. Messrs. Russell, Kirkpatrick (Presby.

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terian), Gould (Baptist), Dill (Presbyte represents among us the expression of our most rian), Hands, Godkin, King, Gordon, Smith, cordial Christian affection, our joy in the prosUrwick, D.D., Jennings, Carroll, Hanson, perity with which God has favoured them, and and White ; also by Mr. J. J. King.

our desire that yet greater grace may rest upon On Thursday evening the annual public them all ; also, that we receive with high satismeeting of the Union was held in York. faction the proposal with regard to promoting street Chapel ; T. Turner, Esq., treasurer,

fraternisation among all the people of God, in the chair. After prayer by the Rev. J. wbich has been made to us in common with Carroll, the report of the committee was

other Christian bodies, from the Congregational read by the secretary. It detailed the home

Union of England and Wales, trusting that the mission proceedings of the Union for the past

movement so happily begun will proceed till year, both general and local, including, besides

the love of the brethren is proved by all who aro the stated agencies, the labours of students,

“one in Christ," we holding ourselves ready to during the summer vacation, from High

concur in any consistent and practicable meabury and Spring-hill Colleges, and the Dub

sures for obtaining that most important and lin Theological Institution. It suggested the

desirable object; also, that an acknowledgment formation of local committees, where practi.

of the letter witb which we have been favoured cable, through the country; the engagement

from the Congregational Union of East Canada of a general agent, with suitable qualifica

be forwarded to those beloved Transatlantic

brethren, fully reciprocating their sentiments of tions and provisions, for circulating intelligence. It recorded communications from

holy affection, sympathy, and zeal, and intimatthe Congregational Union of England and

ing the hope that we shall receive another comWales on the subject of Christian Union,

munication from them previously to our next

anniversary. and a fraternal letter from the Congrega. tional Union of East Canada. It also no The Rev. D. Russell responded to the ticed the petitions that had been forwarded former part of this resolution, in an address from various places in Ireland, against the fraught with Christian eloquence, in the educational clauses of the Factories Bill, and course of which he referred to the late seadverted to the late ecclesiastical movements cession from the Scottish Establishment. in Scotland, and other matters. An andited On the motion of the Rev. A. King; sestatement of accounts having been presented, conded by the Rev. J. Bewglass :it was resolved unanimously,

3. That this meeting records its unqualified On the motion of the Rev. J. Hands ; se admiration of the dignified and uncompromising conded by the Rev. S. G. Morrison :

stand for the prerogatives of Christ our Saviour 1. That this meeting has heard with much King, for the freedom of the church from the pleasure and humble gratitude to God the de.

control of the civil power in matters ecclesiastitails of home missionary proceedings contained cal, and for the rights of Christian men, which in the report now read, and that it be pub

has been made by our Nonintrusion brethren in lished, together with the audited cash state

Scotland,-a stand for truth and conscience unment, under the direction of the committee for

equalled since the days of the Protestants, Purithe ensuing year; that we rejoice in the promise

tans, and Nonconformists of the sixteenth and of increasing usefulness which the present posi seventeenth centuries, and which we are confition of the home missions affords, provided that dent will, by the blessing of Providence, prosuitable agency and adequate resources can be ob duce results most important and advantageous tained for carrying out its designs ; that we con to our common Christianity; also, that a comsider it our privilege equally as it is our duty munication be forwarded to the ministers and to co-operate, so far as we can, in forwarding members of the Free Presbyterian Church of with greater energy, and on a larger scale, this Scotland, through their highly respected modetruly patriotic Christian undertaking--an under rator, embodying these sentiments, representing taking which involves, with the best interests of the deep and prayerful interest which we take our country, the health, efficiency, harmony, and in their affairs, and our full preparedness to respectability of the churches themselves; also,

fraternise in the faith and service of our comthat the aspect of the times particularly calls for mon Lord. the utmost amount of scriptural effort on the

On the motion of John Waller, Esq., part of our denomination, and of others, who

barrister-at-law ; seconded by the Rev. J. know and love “the truth as it is in Jesus,"

Jennings :for the maintenance and diffusion of " Christ's gospel," in its purity and power throughout

4. That this meeting has beard with much Ireland.

pleasure of the steps taken by several congrega

tions in this Union towards preventing the adopOn the motion of the Rev. J. Godkin;

tion by the legislature of the education clauses seconded by the Rev. S. Shaw:

in the Factories Bill, as now under considera2. That this meeting welcomes with heart tion in the House of Commons; that we regard felt pleasure the Rev. David Russell, delegate those clauses as inconsistent with the principles from the Congregational Union of Scotland, and of civil and religious liberty, with common jus. begs through him to convey to the churches he tice, and with natural rights,--as likely to interVOL. XXI.

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fere with well-conducted voluntary efforts for The meeting closed with praise and the the education of the humbler classes, and to benediction. disseminate among them principles which are As time did not allow the gentlemen who subversive of religious truth,--and as giving to moved and seconded the third, fourth, and one denomination a predominance above others, fifth resolutions to address the meeting at which predominance of one is to be sustained any length, an adjourned meeting was held at the expense of all; that accordingly the fol

at ten o'clock the following morning, in the lowing petition be signed in behalf of the Con

same place, for the purpose of hearing their gregational Union of Ireland by the chairman of statements. The Rev. s. Shaw presided. this meeting, and by the ministers present, and

Their speeches were marked by vigorous forwarded for presentation on Monday next:

thought and feeling. Nothing could be “ To the Honourable the Commons of Great more complete than Mr. Waller's exposé of Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled. the Factories Bill. Besides the gentlemen “The humble petition of the Congregational connected with the resolutions, the Rev. D.

Union of Ireland, agreed to at the annual Russell spoke a second time, and the Rev. meeting of that body in Dublin, on Thurs J. Gould (Baptist) also addressed the meetday, June 15, 1843, and signed in their behalf, and at their desire, by the chairman On Friday evening the ordinance of the and ministers whose names are thereunto Lord's supper was administered in Plunketsubscribed,

street Meeting-house. The Rev. S. G. Mor“Sheweth,

rison, minister of the place, presided; and “ That your petitioners have heard, with

the Rev. Messrs. Murray, Hands, M'Assey, much concern, that it is the intention of her

Russell, and Dr. Urwick, took part in the Majesty's Government to proceed with the edu

service. It was altogether a solemn and cation clauses of the Factories Bill now before

delightful season of fellowship with each your honourable House, notwithstanding the other, and with our God and Saviour. decided expression of opinion against the mea The Rev. D. Russell delivered able and sure, constitutionally and respectfully conveyed impressive discourses on the following to your honourable House from so large a por- Lord's day, when liberal collections were tion of her Majesty's subjects.

obtained on behalf of the Union. “That, yielding to none in loyalty to the Besides the foregoing meetings and British throne, and without questioning the services, the members of the Union met motives in which the obnoxious provisions of daily for conference on a variety of subjects the bill originated, your petitioners cannot but affecting the welfare of the denomination. regard those education clauses as inconsistent At the sixth conference, the Rev. J. Hands with the principles of civil and religious liberty, in the chair, it was moved by the Rev. J. with common justice, and with natural rights, Godkin, agent of the Irish Evangelical Soas necessarily interfering with well-conducted ciety; seconded by the Rev. A. King, pasvoluntary efforts for the instruction of the

tor of the church in Cork; and unanimously humbler classes, and to disseminate among them resolved :principles which are subversive of religious truth, “That an account of our anniversary, with —and as further establishing one denomination the resolutions passed at the public meeting, of professing Christians in predominance above and an abstract of our proceedings in conference, others, and unfairly and unnecessarily increas be published in the Evangelical Magazine, in ing its resources at the expense of all.

the English and Scottish Congregational Maga“ That your petitioners therefore most car zinos, in the Christian Examiner, and in the nestly pray your honourable House, that the Patriot newspaper." education clauses of the Factories Bill may not The conference proceedings referred to in pass into a law.

this resolution are as follow:“ And your petitioners will ever pray."

“ Fifth conference of the Congregational On the motion of the Rev. J. D. Smith:

Union of Ireland for 1843. The Rev. J. seconded by the Rev. J. Hodgens :

Hands in the chair. 5. That the following gentlemen be the office “ The subject of arrangements for the future bearers of the Congregational Union of Ireland education of candidates for the ministry, in confor the ensuing year :

nexion with the Congregational body in Ireland, Treasurer. - Timothy Turner, Esq. was brought under consideration by reference to Committee.

the minutes of yesterday. Rev. J. Hands | Mr. J. J. King.

“Minutes of conference in 1841, appointing Rev. S. G. Morrison ! Mr. Leachman

examinations and the annual meeting of the

Dublin Theological Institution ; also the second Mr. Barton

Mr. Matheson Mr. Bond

resolution of the annual meeting of the Union Mr. Nicholson

last year, recognising that institution as conMr. J. Figgis

Mr. Pollock
Mr. Galbraith
Mr. J. Robertson

nected with the Union ; also minutes of the Mr. Kinder

committee respecting the case of three students | Mr. Waller

who had relinquished their connexion with the Secretary.—Rev. W, Urwick, D.D.

academy, with parts of the Association's resolations bearing upon it; also a letter from the “5. An examination of the students shall be Committee of the Dublin Theological Institu- held at each anniversary of the Union, as aption, stating that they had accepted the resigna- pointed by the conference of 1841, from which tion of the resident tutor, that they dispense date a period of three months shall be allowed with the services of the other tutors at the ex for vacation, piration of the present quarter, that they shall “6. The course of study shall consist of four resign their own office in connexion with the In sessions of nino months each; this term to be in stitution at the close of the present month, and no case abridged or extended, but at the recomthat the foregoing determination would be inti mendation of the tutors. mated to the young men in the institution, with “7. No student shall be allowed to engage in the best wishes of the committee for their fu any employment that would interfere with the ture welfare ; also a letter from three of the due performance of his studies. present students, referring to these proceedings “8. The terms of admission shall be disof the academy committee, and requesting ad tinctly stated and explained to every student vice of the ministers of the Union how they when received, and he shall engage to observe should act under the circumstances; also tho the regulations appointed by the committee.” proceedings of former conferences of the Union, at this anniversary respecting these matters hav

It was unanimously agreed, that, as the ing been read,

resources of the Union, according to the ** After mature consideration, it was resolved

present agreement, are inadequate to meet unanimously :

the expenditure required for the home mis“ That arrangements be made for the educa

sion, to which alone that arrangement refers, tion of candidates for the ministry according to

application be made to the Christian public the following plan:

in Great Britain in behalf of the college, the " ]. The name of the institution shall in fu

Rev. A, King undertaking to visit Scotland ture be, 'The Dublin Independent College.'

for the purpose before the close of the sum“ 2. Provision shall be made for superin

mer, and another appointment to be made tending the college studies, and for securing to

for the same purpose in England. the students, at the discretion of the managers,

It was also unanimously agreed, that the the advantages of the University course.

Rev. A. King be delegate to the next an. “ 3. A sum not exceeding three pounds ten nual meeting of the Congregation

nual meeting of the Congregational Union shillings per month shall be allowed to each of England and Wales, and the Rev. student for expense of maintenance whilo at- James Godkin be delegate to the next an. tending the college, in cases where the com- Dual meeting of the Congregational Union mittee shall deem such assistance to be re- of Scotland. quired.

All communications for the Congrega“4. Candidates shall be admitted to the col- tional Union of Ireland to be addressed to lege on probation by the committee at the com- the treasurer, Timothy Turner, Esq., Royal mencement of each session; the probationers' Bank; or to the secretary, Rev. W. Urwick continuance in the college to be determined at D.D., Rathmines Mall, Dublin. the next anniversary of the Union.

General Chronicle.

BELGIUM.

POPISH ABSURDITIES. To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. MY DEAR SIR,-Will you allow me, through the medium of your Miscellany, to call the attention of the religious public in this land to the state of religion in the neigh. bouring country of Belgium? Popery, with all its absurdities, exercises an influence which, unless counteracted by the friends of Scriptural truth, it is feared will absorb the entire population. Very recently a splendid and imposing ceremonial took place in one of the largest churches in Brussels, when a most splendid crown was presented to a Miraculous Image of the Virgin.It is

stated that there were ninety ounces of pure gold in the crown, and the workmanship alone cost 2801. As may be supposed, the ceremony of crowning the image was one of great pomp. The king and the queen were present during the service. The following is an extract from the account published in the Journal de Bruxelles :

At the entrance of the church, the car, dinal-archbishop, at the head of his clergy, complimented the king, on his following the example of his august consort in honouring the grand solemnity with his presence.

“The cardinal began the Veni Creator,' which was executed by a full orchestra. The Rev. Father Boone addressed the assembly in a short and touching discourse, proving in a few words, that the crown offered to Mary was a crown of glory for her, and a crown unbounded liberty enjoyed. Meetings for of joy for the people. The cardinal then worship may be held at any time, and in blessed the crown, after which the imposing any place. Not the slightest interference is ceremony of the coronation took place allowed. The constitution guarantees proPreceded by two priests, who carried the tection alike to all. Did the Evangelical precious treasure, the cardinal ascended the Society of Belgium possess the means, they steps which were raised before the throne of could send their missionaries and colporMary, and when the crown, proof of so teurs throughout the length and breadth of much affection, and of so many good works the land. There is also a spirit of hearing, and conversions, was placed on the head of that is peculiarly encouraging. “Unless the Mother of Mercy, the eyes of all the we retrograde," says one of the agents, assembly were fixed on this good mother, “our chapel will be inconveniently small. and expressed a feeling of the purest joy Yesterday I was at Fontaine-l'Eêque, for and most filial attachment; no pen can de- the second time. The room was so crowded,

the second time. The room w scribe that moment of enthusiasm. The that there was great difficulty in getting out. music of the guides, which had played during Nearly six hundred persons were assembled the ceremony, now ceased, and that of the round the doors and windows. Many eyes college executed a hymn. The cardinal then were wet with tears, and many hearts were consecrated to Mary—the king, the queen, touched." Statements like this could be their august children, the parish, the capi multiplied. Surely, then, those who are intal, and the whole of Belgium ; and began terested in the cause, and anxious for the the Magnificat,' which, chanted by a progress of scriptural religion, and to whom numerous clergy, constrained every heart to God has given an ample portion of this the deepest devotion. The affecting cere. world's treasure, will be willing to aid in so mony being ended, the cardinal went to the good a work, and will readily assist those high altar and gave the triple blessing with who are ready to labour in so promising a the holy sacrament, and then conducted field. Having consented to receive contritheir Majesties to the church door. It is butions for this society, and to remit them impossible for us to describe the enthusiasm to Brussels, the undersigned will be most of the people when the Royal Family entered happy to be favoured with donations or suband quitted the church. • Long live the scriptions.

THOMAS JAMES. King' •Long live the Queen 1' g live the Queen! “Long

Long live the Duke of Brabant;' were repeated

7, Blomfield-street, by more than 30,000 tongues. We are

Finsbury. happy to see that it is to honour Mary, the Duke of Brabant appears, for the first time,

FRANCE. publicly in a church. In the evening there was an illumination in the streets through

EVANGELICAL SOCIETY. which the procession had passed, and also

The committee of correspondence in conin different parts of the parish ; the poor nexion with this important institution beg places vied with the rich in the number of

to inform the religious public in this counTights. It was impossible for the people to

try, that they have received the report re• be happier than they were, at seeing the

cently presented to the annual meeting of Royal Family, the nobility, and the high

the society. It is a deeply interesting docuclergy associate with them, in a festival

ment, containing details of the operations of which they had begun in such an interesting

evangelists and colporteurs, who are labourmanner, and which, in establishing their

ing with success in different parts of France. religious principles, has given them a lesson

It also records, with expressions of devout of such high morality."

thankfulness, the sanction and pecuniary To counteract in some degree the perni.

support obtained at the close of last year cious influence of such absurdities as these,

from ministers and other friends in this an evangelical society has, for about six

country, by Mr. Mark Wilks. The comyears, been carrying on a system of opera. mittee are intending to print and circulate tions which has already been productive of copious extracts from the report, with a list the most delightful results. They have six of contributions received, whicb they will be missionaries, three schoolmasters, three happy to forward to any friends who may schoolmistresses, and one tract colporteur.

feel interested in the progress of true evanThey support six missionary stations and

gelical religion in France. Subscriptions five schools. The amount of contributions

and donations will continue to be thankfully for the last year was only 1,0911. This is received at this office. the more to be regretted, as there are greater facilities for preaching the gospel and other

THOMAS James, Hon. Sec. evangelical efforts in Belgium than in most 7, Blomfield-street, of the continental nations. There is most Finsbury.

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