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2. The purity of evangelical doctrine secured by Congregational church principles.
3. The harmony of Congregational church polity with the social institutions most favourable to the spread of the Gospel in its purity.
Thursday morning, 21st October.—The meeting of delegates, &c. will be devoted to the advancement of British Missions. Papers for discussion will be presented. 1. On missions in England. 2. On missions in Ireland, conducted in accordance with the recommendations of the recent conference at Liverpool. 3. On missions in the Colonies. 4. On simultaneous collections, and organized arrangements for procuring the requisite pecuniary resources for British Missions.
Thursday evening.--Public meeting. Addresses will be delivered on the same subjects that will occupy the discussions of the morning meeting of delegates.
All brethren intending to be present at these meetings, and desiring to share in the hospitality that will be cheerfully shown, are particularly requested to announce their intention to Mr. Arthur Wells, Solicitor, Spaniel-row, Nottingham, on or before Saturday, the 7th October. And on the arrival of brethren at Nottingham, they will receive an introduction to the friends by whom they will be entertained, on application to Mr. Thurman, Smithy-row.
It is intended to follow the plan adopted last year at Bristol, of printing the papers to be presented for discussion at the morning meetings of delegates, that brethren may obtain the advantage of a previous perusal of the documents on which they are to deliberate.
As the arrangements are not yet completed, we defer the announcement of the names of the brethren to be engaged in the public services until next month.
MEETINGS OF COUNTY ASSOCIATIONS.
Kent AssociATION.—The anuual meetings of the Kent Congregational Association were held at Bromley, July 6th and 7th. The Rev. H. Cresswell, of Canterbury, preached on Tuesday evening, from 1 Peter i. 7; the Rev. P. Thomson, M.A., of Chatham, on Wednesday morning, from Rev. ii. 6.
In the afternoon, the Rev. Dr. Matheson, secretary of the Home Misionary Society, attended, and presented a luminous statement of the present position of the Home Missionary Society, in relation to Congregational churches, and of the union desired between the society and county associations; after which, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted to be submitted to the public meeting in the evening, at which they also met a cordial approval.
I. That this meeting feels impressed with the importance of increased exertion in the cause of Home Missions ; convinced that such exertion is not only urgently called for by the present condition of our own country, but is calculated to promote the extension of Christian missions throughout the world.
II. That an union between this County Association and the Home Missionary Society be now formed, and as there are several stations in the county which require the aid of the united societies, the pastors of the churches be requested to recognize and render that union effective, by an annual collection in aid of its funds, and the establishment of a monthly Home Missionary prayer-meeting on the third Monday evening, when a portion of the reports in the Home Missionary Magazine may be read.
The Rev. P. Thomson was unanimously requested to allow the sermon of the morning to be printed, to which he consented, and is now published.
Edward Brook, Esq. was re-appointed treasurer, and Rev. H. J. Rook secretary, to the association; and they, with R. H. Shrewsbury. Esq., of Chatham, and Rev. George Verrall, of Bromley, were appointed delegates to the meetings of the Congregational Union in 1842.
Welsh INDEPENDENT AssocIATION.—The annual association of the counties of Glamorgan, Monmouth, Brecon and Radnor, was held this year at Suhowy Iron Works, Monmouthshire, on the 7th and 8th of July. Conference for ministers at eleven o'clock the first day; public services at three and six on Wednesday, and at six, eight, ten, two, and six, on Thursday; and sermons were delivered on the occasion by the Rev. Messrs. H. Evans, Penho; S. Stephens, Brychgoid ; J. Evans, Gymmar ; W. Griffiths, Llanharan ; M. Rees, White Cross ; T. Edwards, Carnarvonshire , W. Morgan, Llewyni ; D. Rees, Llanelly, on church discipline; R. Thomas, Rhaiade, in (English ;) W. Jones, Bridge-end, on self-denial; D. Evans, Neott; J. Jones, Newport, in English; J. Davies, Cwmamman; Gymmar; D. Lewis, Llanvopley, (in English ;) J. T. Jones, Llanylri ; and M. Ellis, Mynyddyslwyn. About a hundred ministers were present on the occasion; and the vast assembly that attended the services was computed to exceed 7000.
NEW CHAPELS. HAVERFORDWEST.ALBANY CHAPEL.—This new and commodious place of worship was opened on March 18th, 1841, for the use of the congregation, late under the care of the Rev. John Bulmer, now of Rugely, Staffordshire. It is built on the site of the old Nonconformist Meeting House, called the Green Meeting : and its recent erection is owing chiefly to the liberal efforts of some of the principal friends of the congregation. On the occasion of its opening, the services of the day commenced with prayer, offered by the recently elected pastor of the church, the Rev. William Wolfe Fletcher, of Highbury College; the Rev. Mr. Dodd, of Swansea, preached in the morning and evening; and the Rev. Mr. Davies, of Hook, Pembrokeshire, in the afternoon. Several of the neighbouring ministers of various denominations were present on the occasion.
On July 14th 1841, Mr. William W. Fletcher was ordained to the pastoral office over the church and congregation, assembling in the above chapel. The Rev. J. J. Carruthers, of Liverpool, delivered an excellent discourse on the nature and constitution of a Christian church. The questions, accompanied by judicious remarks and expressions of devout congratulation, were asked by the Rev. William Warlow, of Milford, to which appropriate answers were given. After the ordination prayer, which was offered with deep solemnity and earnestness, by the Rev. Joseph France, A.M., of Ham, Surrey, an impressive and affectionate charge was given to the young pastor by his father, the Rev. Dr. Fletcher, of London. In the evening the Rev. C. J. Hyatt, of London, delivered an appropriate and practical address to the church and congregation. The Rev. James Rowland, of Henley-on-Thames, the Rev. James Griffiths, of St. David's, and the Rev. Thomas Jones, of Pembroke Dock, took part in the services ; and other ministers of neighbouring churches were present. The engagements of the day were highly interesting and profitable, and will be gratefully remembered by the friends of the Redeemer, who were there assembled.
FOUNDATION OF A NEW INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, HULL, YORKSHIRE,- On Wednesday, July 7th, the foundation-stone of a new Independent chapel was laid by Sir William Lowthrop. The ceremonies of the day commenced with a breakfast in the Music Hall, Jarratt-street, to which a numerous party of ladies and gentlemen sat down, including the dissenting ministers of the town and neighbourhood, the Rev. R. W. Hamilton, of Leeds, the architect, and others. After breakfast, the Rev. Thomas Stratten, the respected minister of Fish-street Chapel, was called to the chair ; brief and appropriate speeches were made by the Rev. D. Aston, of Buckingham, Winterbottom, of Barton, C. Daniel, (Baptist,) J. Sibree, E. Morley, J. T. Evison; also Messrs. G. Robinson, J. Bowden, E. Squire, G. Greenwood, &c.; after which the company proceeded to the site of the new chapel, in Albion-street, where the Rev. J. Sibree gave out the 179th Hymn, Congregational Collection, which was sung by the assembled multitude. Sir W. Lowthrop then proceeded to lay the foundation-stone, with the usual formalities. Various records and memoranda of facts connected with the present movement, were placed in the stone with the current coins of the present reign. A zinc plate was then deposited in the stone, bearing the following inscription :
For the glory of Almighty God,
the Foundation Stone
Christ's Holy Gospel,
of the Congregational order, was laid by
Sir William Lowthrop, Knight,
on Wednesday, 17th July,
Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria.
W. Gibson, Treasurer.
Henry F. Lukwood, F.S.A. Architect. An appropriate prayer was offered by the Rev. Thomas Stratten. In consequence of the heavy rain, the assembly adjourned to the Jarratt-street room, when the hymn commencing “ Salvation ! O the joyful sound" was sung.
After Sir William Lowthrop had addressed the people in a few appropriate remarks, the Rev. R. W. Hamilton delivered a powerful address. The interesting services of the day was concluded by the singing of the 180th Hymn, Congregational Collection, read by the Rev. E. Morley. The Rev. J. Morley pronounced the benediction.
Albion Chapel owes its existence to an effort on the part of individuals of the church and congregation in Fish-street, to extend, by such means, the knowledge of evan. gelical and saving truth among a growing population, and to diffuse, at the same time, those Congregational principles which they believe to be founded upon, and derived from the word of God. “Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."
The edifice, when completed, will be one of the most spacious and handsome places of worship in the town. It will provide seat-room for 1500 persons. The front elevation is to be of pure Grecian Doric architecture, having a portico extending over the entire front, with six massive columns, supporting a plain bold pediment; the whole built of stone, on an elevation of about twelve feet from the pavement. The basement story provides a school-room thirty-two feet by fifty-seven and a half feet, and five class rooms. The orchestra will recede behind the pulpit, and the children's gallery in a corresponding position at the opposite end. It is intended to have free sittings for the poor, to the number of between three or four hundred. The design for the whole exterior is chaste and commodious.
The population of the borough of Hull, by the census of this year, is 65,000, and there are at present but four places of worship of the Independent Congregational order, providing accommodation for not more than 4100 individuals. In the places of other denominations there may be seat room for about 9000, exclusive of the Episcopalians, numbering about 9600 more sittings. Thus leaving a vast number quite excluded, for want of room, from the means of Divine grace in the public ordinances of religion. It will be gratifying to the friends of godliness to be told, that, in this populous and interesting town, the Episcopalians and Wesleyans are contemplating, each denomination in their own way, the erection of additional spacious and commodious edifices for the worship of God.
New CHAPEL AT RUMNEY, MONMOUTHSHIRE.-On the 28th of June, at Lower Rumney Iron Works, Monmouthshire, on the occasion of erecting a new Congregational chapel, an address on the principles of nonconformity was delivered by the Rev. Richard Jones, Sirhowy; the Rev. W. Watkins, the minister of the place, commenced the service by prayer ; and the Rev. E. Jenkins, of Salem, concluded.
New CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, St. John, New BRUNSWICK.-In October last a Congregational church was formed in this city, the first in the province, with very promising prospects. Measures are in progress for the erection of a new Meeting House, which, from the desire that is expressed for churches of the Independent denomination, is likely to be followed by others in different parts of the province.
ORDINATIONS. On the morning of July the 27th, the Rev. Jonathan Hicks, late of Barrington, Cambridgeshire, was recognised as pastor of the Congregational Church, Little Waltham, Essex. The Rev. Julius Mark, of Chelmsford, read suitable portions of Scripture, and prayed. The Rev. John Dorrington, of Chishill, delivered the introductory discourse, and asked the usual questions. The Rev. T. Craig, of Bocking, offered the recognition prayer. The Rev. J. Grey, of Chelmsford, gave an affectionate and impressive address to the pastor and church, from 1 Cor. iv. l; and the Rev. Mr. Reeve concluded by prayer.
In the evening the Rev. John Carter, of Braintree, preached an excellent sermon from Prov. iii. 1, 2.
On Wednesday, August 11th, the Rev. John Parry, late student of Blackburn Academy, was ordained pastor of the Independent Church, at East Cowes, Isle of Wight. In the afternoon, at three o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Spence, A.M., of Newport, introduced the service; the Rev. H. Griffiths, of Stroud, delivered a discourse on priestcraft; the Rev. T. Mann, of West Cowes, asked the usual questions ; and the Rev. T. S. Guyer, of Ryde, offered the ordination prayer. In the evening, the Rev. W. Warden, of Ventnor, introduced the service; the Rev. T. Parry, of London, addressed his brother, the newly-ordained pastor; the Rev. J. Reynolds, of Romsey, preached to the people; and the Rev. J. Adey, of London, concluded, by prayer, the deeply-interesting services of the day.
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. DEATH AND CHARACTER OF THE REV. GREVILLE EWING, M.A., OF
GLASGOW. It is with mingled emotions of grief and joy that we announce the peaceful departure of the venerable and excellent GREVILLE Ewing. This event took place suddenly on the night of the first day of August, and in the 74th year of his age. His friend, the Rev. Dr. Russell, of Dundee, preached on the succeeding Lord's-day a sermon from 2 Tim. iv. 6, 8, upon the occasion of his lamented death.
We are indebted to the liberality of the editor of the Scottish Congregational Magazine for a copy of the following warm, but, we believe, faithful, sketch of the character of the honoured deceased, which formed the close of Dr. Russell's discourse. *
The late Mr. Greville Ewing was born in Edinburgh, 1767. He was educated at the university of that city. In 1792, he was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Hamilton. In January, 1793, he was ordained one of the ministers of Lady Glenorchy's chapel, Edinburgh. During his incumbency there he was highly esteemed, and his ministry was greatly blessed. Even to nearly the end of his days, he heard from time to time of individuals who traced their conversion to God to his ministry there.
* Our readers will find a biographical notice of Mr. Ewing, from the pen of the late Mr. Orme, in this Magazine for January, 1825.-Vol. VIII. pp. 1, 4. N. S. VOL.V.
Those of that congregation still alive speak in the most rapturous and glowing terms of his eloquence. When he judged it his duty to withdraw from the national church, the step was sincerely regretted by his former people.
In July, 1799, he commenced his ministry in Glasgow, where, for many years, he continued to maintain the highest popularity. Those who have heard him only in his his latter days, can forin no adequate idea of his powers as a preacher. It was my privilege to be under his pastoral care, and to enjoy his stated ministrations, for several years after he was settled in Glasgow. These were days of delightful enjor. ment. They are yesterdays, on which we look back with a smile. How sweet their memory still! He was truly a scribe instructed unto the kingdom of heaven, and able to bring out of his treasure things new and able. He was mighty in the Scriptures. He was familiarly conversant with them in their original languages, and often availed himself of the illustrations suggested to him by his critical knowledge of their peculiar beauties and idioms. His varied and profound learning and his high endowments and attainments, were consecrated to his Master's work. As an expositor of the Sacred Scriptures he was allowed to be unrivalled. Never, certainly, did we listen to his equal. In illustrating the Old Testament Scriptures he was singularly felicitous. The connexion between the Old and the New Testament he had profoundly studied; whilst he was making all his acquirements to bear on the illustration of the words of Christ and his apostles, we have sat with delighted astonishment at the exuberant profusion of distilled thoughts, which were poured forth from his richly stored and powerfully excited mind. The effect was frequently electrical. In him were united the eloquence of the orator, with the solemnity of the man of God. He had drunk deeply at the fountain of sacred truth, and had caught an unction of spirit from the Holy One; and hence the copious streams of instruction which flowed from his lips, and the charm which bore them to the hearts of his overpowered auditors. He was indeed an original preacher. When subjects of a loftier kind came to be discussed, his mind seemed to rise with the grandeur of his theme. We have gazed on him with intense interest, when his powers were on their full stretch, when his whole soul seemed as on fire, when burning intelligence beamed from his eyes, and the most impassioned eloquence flowed from his tongue. There was a richness and fertility of imagery, a high sublimity of conception, and a depth of pathos, which subdued, captivated, and, as it were, entranced his audience. At such times his native genius burst forth with astonishing lustre, and gilded and adorned the topics of discussion. He had acquired the happy talent of quickly discerning, and lucidly exhibiting, the prominent features of every subject. He seized on those main points, grouped them admirably together, delineated them with the hand of a master, and made every principal figure to stand forth, as it were, from the canvass. Discourses which, for their depth and comprehension, were worthy of the academic chair, were so marked by a chaste simplicity, and a lucid perspicuity, that while the most enlightened were instructed, the youth of his audience listened with breathless attention. His fine powers were sometimes applied to the exposure of sophistical reasoners, and when he triumphed by the power of argument, he could, at times, by admirable strokes of irony, set their conclusions in a light which proved them to be as absurd as they were unfounded. This is a weapon that requires to be used with great prudence and skill; but in the hands of our departed friend it was skilfully wielded, and legiti. mately applied. His applications to the consciences and hearts of his hearers were powerfully impressive. They were sometimes made with an energy altogether overwhelming. But if the dark cloud of judgment was exhibited, it was that the rainbow of mercy might appear with the greater brightness. He did not confine himself to one view of truth. He was quite at home in expounding the various parts of Scripture. The diversified views of the manifold truths of the sacred volume were brought