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waited with intense desire. On one of these occasions, she heard a speech of the late Rev. Joseph Julian, curate of Trimley, near Ipswich, as reported in the Evangelical Magazine for June, 1923, page 262. With this she was so much delighted, that she caused it to be read to her, until she could repeat the whole with surprising correctness. When, therefore, I had an occasional party of religious friends at my house to tea, and when Mrs. Reynish was one of the number, I sometimes requested her to favour us with Mr. Julian's speech, which she did with great propriety. Well do I remember with what evident feeling she said, “The fundamental principle of this society is the principle of my heart. It is confined to no sect or party, but, like the gate of heaven, is open to all. It breathes, indeed, the very spirit of heaven, even that spirit which pervaded the angelic choir when it proclaimed the Saviour born; the spirit that breathes *glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards men.' Tell it in the ears of princes; proclaim it to the nobles and senators of the realm, that there is no. thing either in the spirit or operations of this institution hostile to any establishment whatever but the establishment of Satan, and that it is inimical to no powers but the powers of hell and of darkness. On all kindred institutions it looks as intimately united with itself in spirit and design, as branches of the same tree, as members of the same fa mily." Like one who truly believed in the Scriptures, and longed for the conversion of the world to Christ, she recited the following passage :—-"This cause must prosper, since it is the cause of God. The banner of the cross must be unfurled among all na. tions; and Immanuel, Prince of Peace, shall ultimately reign from sea to sea, from shore to shore. I would appeal to every heart, and ask if it were possible to attend to the report which has been read, and hear of the success of the operations of the society, without emotions of gratitude and delight? For my own part, my feelings were such as I can express only in the language of one of old : “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Saviour; for he that is mighty hath done great things' by the instrumentality of this society, and holy is name.' Look at the prospects which are presenting themselves before you. Look at the islands stretching out their hands for missionaries; thirsting for the knowledge of the Redeemer ; desirous of having the words of life. Ah, Christians ! they would rejoice if they could but partake of the crumbs of the table on which you are regaled. Can you eat of the fat, and clothe you with the wool,' without desiring to contribute to send the glad tidings of a crucified Saviour to those who are starving and perishing? God
forbid; for whoso hath this world's goods,' and can contemplate the state of the heathen, and shut up his bowels of compassion' from them, “how dwelleth the love of God in him?"" Nor was it mere feeling for the heathen, and approbation of missionary la. bours, that this good woman expressed; for although her income was very small, yet, like the widow in the gospel history, she contributed her mite, and rejoiced in the opportunity of so doing. Well would it be, I am persuaded, for some who give nothing on the ground of their poverty, if they would remember that giving is a religious duty, and that if there be first a willing mind it is acceptable according to what a man hath, and not according to what be hath not." Those who give nothing because they are poor, may expect to be poor as long as they live, because they cannot trust in Him who “ loveth a cheerful giver," and is able to make all grace abound" to them; that they, having a sufficiency in all things, may “abound in every good work."
Another thing remarkable in my late esteemed friend, was her love of the inspired volume, and the pains she took to treasure up several portions of it in her mind, on which she could meditate as she had opportunity. When desirous of committing any portion of Scripture to memory, she would request a friend to read it to her, or would hire children to do so, until, by frequently hearing it, she had accomplished her purpose. Of these performances, by the assistance of one who wrote for her, she gave me the following account at my request, in a letter dated April 6, 1840 :- * Several years ago I followed you to Arnold's Down, where you preached from Proverbs viii. 17. I was led to meditate on that chapter ; and thinking that it proved the existence of our Redeemer before his incarnation, I had it read until I had committed it to memory. In the same manner I learnt the eighth and the eighteenth chapters of Deuteronomy. I then committed to memory the fifty-third and fifty-fourth chapters of Isaiah. This being done, I treasured up in my mind the thirteenth, seventeenth, twenty-fourth, and twenty-sixth chapters of the gospel accord. ing to Matthew. I then proceeded from the eleventh chapter of St. John's gospel to the end; all of which I bave heard you preach from or expound. I then learnt the first and second chapters of the Acts of the Apostles; the sixth, eleventh, and twelfth chapters of the Epistle to the Hebrews; the eighth of Paul's Epistle to the Romans; the first chapter of the first Epistle of Peter ; the first chapter of Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians; the fifteenth chapter of his first Epistle to the Corinthians, and the fifth chapter of his second Epistle to the same church. To these I have added the first
and fifth chapters of the first Epistle of St. She had suffered much at nights for some John; his third Epistle; the third and last time from a distressing cough, which often two chapters of Revelation; together with made her feel, to use her own words, as if the thirty-second and sixty-third Psalm. she was just going. On one occasion she These, and some smaller portions of the remarked, I have had a distressing night,' sacred word, constitute, in one sense, my but added, with a smile, 'I have had a decanon of Scripture, in which I have found lightful morning ;' alluding to her spiritual the pearl of great price." Having her enjoyments. I never felt death so near as in mind thus stored with the word of life, she witnessing her exit. Having felt an anxious rejoiced therein more than some do in earthly concern for her comfort during her last ill. riches, and would say, with the psalmist, ness, and the direction of the last solemn “ Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy sta- and affecting rites devolving upon me, the tutes, and I will keep it unto the end.” interest which I felt in all that concerned
Thus under all the disadvantages of blind her brought most forcibly to my mind the ness and other bodily infirmities, did this final resting-place of us all. Her temperexcellent woman cleave unto God and en. ance and frugality were such, that, though dure affliction, exhibiting a pattern of re. she had so very small an income, she left signation to the Divine will, hope in God, enough, with what she had previously given and every other mark of the “new crea me for the purpose, to bury her respectably; ture," and the faithful disciple of Christ. and, after paying all her debts, which I beIn a letter, dated Feb. 22, I was informed lieve I have pretty well done, I have about that “ her happy spirit took its flight about two pounds left, which (according to her seven o'clock in the evening" of the preced- desire, if anything remained) I intend to ing day. “I sat with her a little time," distribute for charitable purposes." says the writer, “on the evening before she How peaceable, united, and happy would died. Her voice seemed to be as strong as our churches be, were all who constitute when she used to sit in her chair. When I them blessed with the Christian temper, the said to her, It is well that you have not piety, and uniform consistency of Ann Reynow to prepare for death,' she answered, nish! Peace would then be within our
My mind is perfectly easy in the prospect walls, and prosperity in our palaces. Pasof it. I said, “You have lived near to tors would rejoice over their people, and the God for many years ;' to which she replied, people would derive lasting benefit from the • I have nothing of myself: it is through ministry of their pastors. Our churches grace that I am what I am.' The dear wo. would become strong in consequence of vital man was very thankful for the least favour godliness, and mighty through prayer, so as shown her. Miss W. manifested the most to put their enemies to silence, or be the unwearied kindness to her. Every half hour means of making them friends and compashe could spare, she spent with her. Our nions. The word of the Lord would “run departed sister was, indeed, like a shock of and be glorified," as in primitive times, and corn fully ripe.” Soon after the receipt of souls would be saved from sin and misery. the above, Miss W. sent me the following Sincerely desiring and praying for such a particulars :—" You have heard, I know, state of things among us, through E. G., of the death of our dear, aged, and valued friend Mrs. Reynish. She
I remain, my dear sir, died as she had lived. The same cheerful
Yours truly, ness, resignation, and composure never for
John BULMER. sook her till she was insensible in death ; and it was to her literally like going asleep. Rugeley, Oct. 14, 1843.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT. DR. MORISON has much satisfaction in acknowledging the receipt of fire pounds for the Walthamstow Institution for the Daughters of Missionaries, as a thank offering for delivering mercy; and ten shillings for the Magazine Fund for Widows.
CHRISTIAN UNION. On January 1st, 1844, at Surrey chapel, the Lord's Supper will be administered by evangelical ministers of the church of Christ to the members of that church who may desire to unite in the ballowed exercise. The Rev. Dr. Leifchild will preside.
Members of evangelical churches may We need scarcely observe that by the plan apply for tickets through their respective of subscription proposed, the members of pastors (by post) to the Rev. James Sher the society will incur no pecuniary respon. man, until Saturday, the 23rd of December; sibility, will have a good investment for and the tickets will be distributed at Surrey their money, will be put in possession of chapel vestry, from Tuesday, the 26th, to books unattainable by any other means, Saturday, the 30th of December.
and will be, above all, by resuscitating the The tickets will be limited to the number works of the "mighty dead," promoting the of persons the chapel will conveniently ac cause of truth, liberty, and peace. commodate. The service to commence at We wish the society good success. six o'clock precisely.
INFANT SCHOOLS FOR THE CHILDREN OF
THE MIDDLE AND HIGHER CLASSES.
We have long wished to see such institutions established, and generally encouraged. They would introduce a new era, if rightly conducted, into the educational annals of our country. We have always resolved to give all due publicity and assistance to any institution formed on this plan, if under the superintendence of highly qualified persons. It is gratifying to us to announce to those Christian parents who may be deeply solicit. ous for the intellectual and spiritual welfare of their younger children, that an infant school establishment has recently been formed at 36, Church-lane, Chelsea, under the roof of Mrs. Ramsay, widow of the late Dr. Ramsay, of India, in which we have the highest moral confidence, founded on an intimate acquaintance with the proprietors of the institution, and with the plans so suc. cessfully adopted by them. Mrs. Ramsay's third daughter, who has minutely studied the most approved methods of conducting infant schools, and takes great delight in developing the youthful faculties, presides over the institution. The domestic treatment of the pupils is all that the most anxi. ous and fastidious parent could desire, and the class of pupils is highly respectable. A few vacancies only exist at present.
INSTITUTION FOR THE EDUCATION OF THE SONS OF MISSIONARIES, WALTHAMSTOW.
A public meeting of the friends of the above institution was held at Barbican chapel on Wednesday evening, the 15th November. After prayer, by Rev. S. Lyon, of Union-street, the Rev. Dr. Halley, of Manchester, delivered an excellent discourse on the subject of " the Jewish law of offering the first fruits,” and eloquently enforced the duty of Christian benevolence. Imme. diately after the singing at the close of the discourse, the Rev. James Sherman took the chair, and having made some appropriate introductory observations, the Secretary read a report of the institution brought up to the 30th June last, from which it appeared that twenty-five children had been admitted to the institution. Resolutions were moved and seconded by Revs. Thomas Binney, Dr. Halley, W. H. Drew, Missionary from Madras; s. Oughton, Missionary from Jamaica ; Brake, Lyon, Tidman, and J. Curwen. One of the resolutions was to the effect, that in future the institution shonld be open to the children of all Protestant Evangelical Missionaries, and which was very affectingly commended to the audience by the address of the Rev. S. Oughton, of the Baptist Missionary Society, who had just taken leave of two of his children (a boy and a girl), whom he had placed in the institutions at Walthamstow, on his return to his labours in Jamaica. The friends at Barbican chapel contribute five guineas annually to the boys' school, and about eight to the girls; and there were collected at the doors, on this oecasion, 91.
This valuable institution, it is hoped, will be sustained by the friends of Christian missions, as a means of expressing their esteem for the missionary parents, and of relieving their minds from many painful anxieties. Subscriptions and donations may be forwarded through W. D. Alexander, Esq., Treasurer, Lombard-street; Rev. J. J. Freeman, Hon. Secretary, Walthamstow; Rev. E. Davies, Master, Walthamstow; the London Missionary Society, Blomfieldstreet ; or the Baptist Society, Fen-coart.
THE WYCLIFFE SOCIETY. We beg to call the attention of our readers to this important society, whose advertisement appears on our covers for the present month, and whose subscription list must be closed on the last day of the year.
The object of the society, it will be perceived, is to bring to light and to preserve the most important of the works of our forefathers, who, by their writings, labours, and sufferings, so effectually promoted the cause of religious reformation in this country.
The works re-published will be printed without omission or abridgment. Historical, biographical and glossarial notes will be supplied, where necessary, to elucidate the text, and to illustrate more fully the controversies of the times.
AN APPEAL ON BEHALF OF TWO VILLAGES. of thing, I cannot imagine. In regard to The following account is submitted to the
the family named, I never before heard of Christian notice, sympathy, and benevolence
there having been a son in it; and though in of the readers of the Evangelical Maga
another family of the same name, distantly zinc :
related, and both in attendance on my dear At the villages of Middleton and Cot father's ministry in Falmouth, not Penryn, tingham, Northamptonshire, there is a
when he was the minister, and that compopulation of one thousand persons, for
mencing about half a century ago. There whose spiritual accommodation on the sab
were two sons, one of them a student at bath there is the parish church, and a very
Mile-end academy, and the other a mercer small chapel belonging to the Wesleyans,
and draper in Falmouth, who both died both places capable of containing not more
happy in the Lord, without any disposition than about a third of the inhabitants. An
towards the stage ; and long before they inhabitant of the former village has spon were born, or my dear father came into taneously and generously come forward and
Cornwall, Mr. Walker, of Truro, departed offered a site of ground for the purpose of
this life. Nor did I ever hear of any other raising a house for God, of the congrega
family, of the name of Gwennap, residing in tional order. Another inhabitant has also
Falmouth or Cornwall. And as to the wonpromised to give stone for the erection of
derful cave between Falmouth Castle and St. the building. But there the matter remains
Kevern, ten miles apart, with a long horsefor want of funds. The expense of erection
ferry between, I can only say that I never is considered to be about 2001. as the maxi
before heard of it. Hoping nothing so inmum. Towards this, with a donation of 51.
correct will ever again disgrace the pages of from the donor of the ground, a subscription
the Evangelical Magazine, has been made of about 401. The Rev. I remain, my dear Sir, Thomas Toller, of Kettering, kindly gave
Yours sincerely, the undersigned the opportunity of pleading
TIMOTHY WILDBORE. the cause at his chapel. The case has also Falmouth, Nov. 6, 1843. received the sanction and recommendation of the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire
[Our reverend friend will not blame Associations of Congregational Ministers.
us for inserting an article which seemed so The people who take an interest in the sub.
authentic, and which did not come to us ject are poor in circumstances, and unable
anonymously. Of course, we now regret to do little more than they have done. To its insertion.-ED.] gain the object thus desired this public appeal is made, with the earnest prayer that
TESTIMONIALS. the wealthy of God's people may be disposed to assist in this work of faith and labour of
On Good Friday last, an interesting meetlove. It may be proper to observe that the
ing of church members and sabbath-school undersigned has, for more than six years,
teachers was held in the new school-room, regularly preached once a fortnight, in con
adjoining Star-lane Chapel, Stamford, for nexion with three other villages and his own the purpose of presenting from the church chapel, at the house of one of his members.
to their beloved pastor, the Rev. T. Islip, This, however, is but small, and badly located,
a handsomely bound copy of Cobbin's Com. rendering a better spot very desirable. Do
mentary, as a token of their esteem for his nations for the above object will be thank
faithful services since he has been amongst fully received and promptly acknowledged
them; and from the teachers to their highly by the Rev. Joseph Dear, Congregational respected friend and superintendent, Mr. Minister, Great Easton, near Rockingham,
T. W. Ashby, a pair of Mr. Baxter's oil Northamptonshire.
paintings of Williams and Moffat, as a mark of their sincere regard and approbation of
the kind and efficient manner in which he CORRECTION OF A MISSTATEMENT.
has for so many years fulfilled the duties of
his responsible office. To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. MY DEAR SIR, -Assured that you would
ORDINATIONS, not wish for any erroneous statement to go forth to the public through the medium of
Rev. Robert Thomson. the Evangelical Magazine, I beg to say that The Rev. Robert Thomson, A.M., late of the article for the present month, page 542, Saddleworth, near Manchester, having recontains as gross a misrepresentation, I had ceived a cordial and unanimous invitation almost said fabrication, as I ever met with ; to the pastoral charge of the Congregational and whatever could have induced the writer church, Upminster, Essex, removed thither to pen it, as it appears a very harmless sort last March. This settlement was publicly recognised on the 17th October. The Rev. Christian church; the Rev. Dr. Hewlett, of George Rogers, of Albany-road chapel, Cam Coventry, proposed the usual questions, and berwell, introduced the service by reading received the confession of faith; the Rey. the Scriptures and prayer ; the Rev. R. T. Dix, of Bedwith, offered the ordination Ferguson, of Stratford, briefly explained and prayer; the Rev. E. Henderson, D.D., Ph.D., justified the service, and asked the usual Theological Tutor of Highbury College, dequestions; the Rev. G. Clayton, of Wal livered the charge; and the Rev. J. Churchill, worth, offered up special prayer for the of Thames Ditton, concluded the service people and their new pastor ; the Rev. Jno. with prayer. The Rev. J. Waraker, of Toot. Morison, D.D., of Chelsea, gave the charge ing, the Rev. F. Perkins, of Leatherhead; to the minister ; and the Rev. J. Leifchild, and the Rev. T. B. Barker, of Epsom, also D. D., addressed the people.
took parts of the service. The Rev. A. Brown, of South Ockendon ; In the evening, the Rev. James Hill, of the Rev. E. Dewhirst, of Billericay ; and Clapham, preached to the people, and thus the Rev. — Hill, of Chigwell-row, assisted closed the engagements of the day, which we in the devotional services of the day.
earnestly hope may be followed with the
blessing of God. Rev. T. Lee. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1843, the Rev. T. Lee, late of Highbury College, was ordained The Rev. J. Harrison, of Barnard Castle, pastor of the church and congregation wor. having accepted the cordial and unanimous shipping in Church-street chapel, Epsom, call of the Congregational church, at North. Surrey. The Rev. S. Percy, of Guildford, wich, Cheshire, to become their pastor, enopened the morning service by reading the tered upon his new sphere of labour on the Scriptures and prayer ; the Rev. R. Con first sabbath in August, with very encou. nebee, of Dorking, explained the nature of a raging prospects of usefulness.
BELGIUM EVANGELICAL SOCIETY.
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
Sir,-Having lately seen a letter in your magazine from the Rev. Thomas James, respecting the Evangelical Society in Bel. gium, and having just returned from at. tending some Bible meetings at the several stations connected with that society, I am anxious to bear my testimony to the correct statement made by that gentleman. At the present time the papacy is making a great struggle for the ascendency, and for the revival of systems according to the period of the fourteenth century. The great check to the unceasing, persevering efforts of the Romish Church is the large circulation of the Scriptures by the British and Bible Foreign Society; and, also the preaching of the gospel of Christ faithfully and clearly by the ministers employed by the Belgian Evangelical Society. There is every reason for the prompt and energetic support of such a society, for it is raising a bulwark against the formidable power which is propagating error far and wide. The agents employed are all of them, more or less, men of education, and of considerable theological attainments; they have been set apart to the work of the Christian
ministry; and from what I have seen of them, I believe them to be eminently men of God-faithful, laborious, and zealous in the service of their Divine Master. The Committee, composed of men alive to the evils of Popery and its awful delusions, have but the one object before them of bringing souls to Christ; they meddle not with denominational differences, but are only concerned that men may be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth : and God has been pleased to bless their labours in a remarkable degree.
The society has now thirteen stations, where the blessed truths of the Reformation are regularly preached, and these might be doubled, if the means were afforded. Five day-schools, and four Sunday-schools are kept up. Twelve hundred adults, and three hundred children, are instructed. And a tract distributor is supported, who goes through every part of Belgium, spreading abroad valuable publications, chiefly those of that excellent institution—the Religious Tract Society.
It may be observed, that the thirteen stations just alluded to are quite distinct from the congregation which within the last few years has been gathered at Brussels, and principally from among the Roman Catholics.