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Philip Lamb, ejected from the living of freehold site was purchased, on which it was Lyme Regis, in Dorsetshire, was chosen resolved, with the blessing of God, to erect a pastor in 1675; and in 1681, during his good, substantial, and commodious place of pastorate, the congregation met in the house worship,-a house for God, which, whilst it of Madarn Gould.
should accommodate double the number of Onesiphorus Rood, ejected from West- worshippers which the former would contain, minster New Chapel, preached frequently should, in its style and character, show that at Clapham, during the reign of King we were not ashamed of our principles, William.
and that the locality need not be ashamed Edward Grace seems to have succeeded of us, Mr. Lamb in the pastoral office, in 1690. It has cost much, and our friends, both He died in 1714,
rich and poor, have done nobly; and we trust To him succeeded Moses Lowman, the that this day those who are present from author of several learned works,-especially other localities will give us some substantial one on Jewish Antiquities, and one on the proof that they sympathize with us in this Book of the Revelation by John. He died good work. in 1752, aged 73, after sustaining the pastoral Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and office at Clapham more than forty years. God, even our Father, which hath loved us,
Philip Furneaux, D.D., who had been a and given us everlasting consolation and good member of Dr. Watts' church, and pupil of hope through grace, comfort our hearts, and the celebrated Mr. Evans, author of the well stablish us in every good word and work. known work, “ The Christian Temper,", was Amen." settled at Clapham, as successor to Mr. Lowman, in 1773. He was reputed to be one of the best scholars of the day. His intellect quick and penetrating, and his memory pro- THE Annual General Meeting of the Godigiously retentive. In 1753 he wrote an
vernors, Members, and Subscribers, of this “ Essay on Toleration,” and “ Letters to Judge Society was held at the Congregational LiBlackstone on the Toleration Act.” He died brary, Finsbury, on Tuesday, September 28th, in 1783, aged 57.
1852, when the three candidates who stood His successor was Thomas Urwick, a highest on the poll were declared duly elected native of Shrewsbury, educated partly under to the benefit of the Institution. Dr. Doddridge. He was pastor twenty-six We understand that the Rev. J. Spong, the years, and died in 1807, when Mr. Philips honorary London Secretary, has been comwas chosen to be pastor. He was a man of pelled to relinquish his office, in consequence an amiable spirit and urbane manner, and of his increasing ministerial duties, arising secured the esteem and love of all who knew from his new chapel ; and has been succeeded him. He was pastor seventeen years, and by the Rev. I. Vale Mummery. We perceive died in 1824, deeply regretted by his church that the Committee purpose making vigorous and the whole neighbourhood.
efforts to augment the income, and to increase He was succeeded by the Rev. G. Browne, the efficiency of the Society. We can only who was educated for the ministry at Rother
say, that we sincerely desire that a Society so ham, in Yorkshire, under Dr. Williams and valuable, although so unostentatious, may Mr. Gilbert. He entered upon his full pas- obtain an enlarged measure of the sympathy toral labours in Clapham July Ulth, 1824, and support of our Christian churches, both and continued them for fifteen years. His Baptist and Independent. successor was the present pastor, the Rev. J. Hill, who entered upon his labours in January, 1841. During the period of his pastorate, AUTUMNAL MEETINGS OF THE CONGREGAthe Lord has been pleased graciously to give us his blessing. We have had uninterrupted
TIONAL UNION, AT BRADFORD, YORKpeace and harmony; and not a few of the saved, as we believe, have been added to the We have only just time to announoe, bechurch. And I feel it my duty to bear this fore going to press, that the meetings of the public testimony, that a kindlier or more con- Union commenced on Monday evening, the siderate people no pastor ever had.
18th October, under very favourable auspices. The Congregational Church in Clapham The gathering was large and respectable first worshipped in a wooden building, situated and the opening address of the Rev. Newman at the entrance of Nag's Head Lane, now Hall, of Hull, at the Devotional Meeting, was called North-street. A small brick building such as to give a happy tone to the proceedwas afterwards erected in the same locality. ings of the Session. Many deeply-interestIn 1762, when Dr. Furneaux was the pastor, ing topics are to come before the Union, of a substantial edifice was erected, on leasehold which we hope to give a full account in the ground. The lease expiring in 1852, this December Magazine. Dr. Harris's opening
Address was in a high degree animating, ful- | the holy impressions and excitements then filling all the hopes which his former public produced. " Lord, send now prosperity." appearances have awakened. Long may be be spared to adorn and bless the denomin
On Tuesday, September 21st, 1852, at ation of which he is so distinguished an
three o'clock p.M., the foundation-stone of a ornament!
new Independent chapel was laid at Shanklin, We long to hear the result of the Lectures Isle of Wight, by the Rev. Thomas Adkins
, of the Rev. A. Reed, and the Rev. B. Grant, of Southampton, who delivered an excellent to the Working Classes. No greater benefit address. Afterwards there was a public tea could accrue to our churches than any such
party, which was well attended. movement as should generally bring the ope
The style of this new place of worship is ratives of our country into sympathy with Gothic; the dimensions, 50 ft. by 25 ft. 6 in, the principles and fellowships of Congrega- and accommodation will be provided for tional Independency.
We hope that this about 250 persons. good beginning, at Bradford, will be followed
A vestry will be attached. The whole out, with vigour and earnestness, in the length cost will be £500. Towards this sum about and breadth of the land. It is a subject on £250 have been raised. As a new and inwhich it would be impossible to expend an proved edifice is imperatively required, partiundue amount of care.
cularly in summer, and as it is, principally, for the convenience of visitors, it is sincerely
hoped they will aid in its erection. DUNMOW, ESSEX.
While the church and congregation would
express their gratitude to those friends who On Tuesday, 21st September, the Rev. Henry Gammidge, late of Hackney College, have already assisted them, they would rewas ordained in the Congregational chapel in spectfully state, that any additional contri
butions will be thankfully received by the the above town, as co-pastor with the Rev.
Rev. John Greener, minister. R. Frost. The Rev. J. Carter, of Braintree, opened the solemnities of the day by reading the Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. S. Ran
CHURCHTOWN, LANCASHIRE. som, classical and Hebrew tutor of Hackney On Tuesday, September 7, 1852, the Rep College, delivered a forcible and excellent James Lee, B.A., late of Broseler, was pubexposition of the principles of Nonconformity; licly ordained as pastor over the Independent the Rev. T. Craig, of Bocking, proposed the church, Churchtown, North Meols. usual questions to the minister and church; The Rev. G. Greatbatch, of Southport, the the Rev. R. Frost offered a very solemn and first minister of the place, opened the services affectionate designation prayer; the Rev. J. of the day by reading the Scriptures and Watson, resident tutor of Hackney College, prayer; and also, in the absence of the Rev. gave a very instructive and faithful charge; J. L. Poore, proposed the usual questions. and the Rev. C. Berry, of Hatfield Heath, The Rev. J. E. Millson, of Southport, preclosed the engagements of the morning with sented a very lucid delineation of the nature
of a Christian church, in a discourse, founded The evening service was commenced with on Rom. xvi. 16, “ The churches of Christ reading and prayer by the Rev. J. C. Rook, salute you." of Thaxted, after which the Rev. R. Bow- The venerable and Rev. W. Alexander, of man, of Chelmsford, delivered a highly ap- Southport, the second minister of the place. propriate, carnest and stirring sermon to the and now in his 90th year, offered up “ the people, from 1 Thess. v. 12, 13; and the Rev. ordination prayer.” T. Gammidge, of Ketton, Rutland, closed the A charge, full of tenderness and power, was services of the day with prayer. Several delivered to the pastor by the Rev. T. Raffles. other ministers were present, of whom Revs. D.D. LL.D., of Liverpool, from the words. Kluht, Corbishley, Duffy, Hicks, Taylor, “A good minister of Jesus Christ," 1 Tim. Carey, and Morris (Baptist, of Dunmow,) iv. 6. took part in the services.
In the evening, the Rev. R. Slate, of At three o'clock more than a hundred Preston, preached a sermon of great excel
. ladies and gentlemen dined together at the lence and appropriateness to the people, froun White Lion Inn, when speeches were deli- 2 Cor. xi. 3. vered by Rev. Messrs. Carter, Watson, Frost, Dinner and tea were provided in the Ransom, and others.
school-room, in which a large company par. The chapel, during both services, notwith- ticipated. standing the very wet morning, was well The proceedings of the day were marked filled by most attentive and interested audi- by much deep and devout feeling, and the ences. Many will, it is hoped, long remember recollection of the solemn services, it is the day with gratitude and satisfaction for hcped, will not soon be obliterated.
THE CENTENARY OF THE WESTERN
adequate resources in the local churches to
accomplish, unaided, this great object. The rapidly increasing facilities of com- Connected with these Congregational munication which are being opened between churches no Institution seems to hold a more different parts of England, can never super- important place than the Western College, sede the necessity for an adequate provision instituted for the education of young men for to meet the moral and religious requirements the Christian ministry. As early as 1718, of each particular neighbourhood. Our pub- under the ministry of Mr. Hallett and Mr. lic schools must be still distributed with a Pierce, Arianism began to prevail, at first due regard to local wants; our educational in Exeter, and, shortly afterwards, through. charities should still occupy their appointed out the Presbyterian and Congregational places in each town and hamlet; and our churches; and so widely did these errors churches continue to be the fixed centres of extend, that, in 1751, the Congregational Evangelical effort'; and, whilst their effi- Fund Board resolved on the establishment of ciency may be greatly increased by the 'the Western Academy, with a view of checkgrowing intercourse between intelligent and ing this growing mischief: and, in 1752, just earnest minds, the real success of each de- one hundred years from this time, the Rev. pends mainly on the fact of their appropriate John Lavington was charged by the Board and local subsistence.
with the important duty of carrying into For all practical purposes in the economy effect their pious and provident design; and of religions effort, there will be the metro- the Academy, under his auspices, was inpolis, with its great aggregate of moral influ- stituted. ence; the north, with its vast manufacturing On his death, the Congregational Fund population, and their spirit of munificent Board nominated the Rev. James Rooker, of charity; the south and east of England, be- · Bideford, to the office of tutor; and he confriended by the northern provinces, or resting tinued to discharge its duties until seized by immediately on the metropolis, and the west lingering illness, which terminated his life. of England, separated from the rest, and The Fund Board then selected the Rev. isolated alike by its distance, and by com- Thomas Reader, of Taunton, to conduct the parative poverty.
academy, which he did, with zeal and success, The western district, including some of the until his death in 1794. He was succeeded loveliest and most attractive counties in Eng- ! by the Rev. James Small, of Axminster, who, land, bounded chiefly by a rugged coast and for thirty-three years, presided faithfully mainly devoted to agricultural pursuits, con- over the Institution. From the commencetairs a very large but scattered population. 'ment of his presidency, the support of the The towns are generally small; the churches College devolved on the churches generally, of the Congregational order, numerous, but aided by the liberality of the Congregational poor and weak; and the country population Fund Board. For a short time, students too thinly scattered to form the nucleus of continued their studies under the Rev. Wil. prosperous village churches; and, in addition liam Rooker, of Tavistock, until the appointto these circumstances, during a very long ment of the Rev. G. Payne, LL.D., (whose period, the dioceses of Exeter and of Wells high and well-earned reputation is in all our have been under the influence of men whose churches,) to the theological professorship. sympathies were altogether opposed to Evan- With him were associated, at different times gelical truth, so that in the western coun- as tutors, the Rev. J. Glyde, of Bradford; the ties but little aid can be expected in the Rev. A. Pope, of Leamington; and the Rev. great work of spiritual instruction from evan- Dr. Orlando D. Dobbin. gelical members of the English church.
Shortly after the removal of the College to To all general rules there are some excep- ' Exeter, in 1828, efforts were made to purtions, and, in a few of the larger towns of chase, or erect a building for the permanent Somerset and Devon, Congregational churches use of the Institution. This was effected, of importance may be found, guided by intel- but from causes which could not be conligent and zealous pastors, and actively do. trelled, it became necessary, in the year 1844, ing the work which God has committed to to remove the Western College to Plymouth, their charge; and there are a few holy and when the Rev. S. Newth, M. A., was appointed devoted men amongst the clergy of the Esta- to be its classical and mathematical tutor; blished Church who can disregard the frown and, on the death of Dr, Payne, Mr. Newth of a bishop, and lose its impression in their undertook the entire conduct of the Institu. daily consciousness of the approving smile of tion until a successor to Dr. Payne was obChrist.
tained, in the Rev. Richard Alliott, LL.D., Still, after making every allowance, there the present zealous and able theological remains, in the western counties, a great professor. work for the Congregational Dissenter to It is not invidious to say that no Congreaccomplish, and there are not, as yet, any gational Institution in England possesses more able and devoted professors than the the students; and that for this purpose further Western College. At present it includes subscriptions should be obtained, amounting fourteen students, and is regarded with deep in all to about £2000. and growing interest by the Congregational After the public meeting, Dr. Morison very churches.
beautifully, and with great energy and feelThis College, by the blessing of God, ing, addressed the students of the college in effected long since its primary purpose. the presence of the congregation; and in the Arianism was checked in the western evening, at seven o'clock, he preached a very Churches. A few of the number dwindled admirable and appropriate centenary discourse, into Unitarianism, but the majority either in aid of the College, at Norley Chapel. Such retained the truth in its purity, or recurred is the outline of the circumstances which after a little while to its profession. Since seem to justify the appeal of the Western then, the College has been of the greatest ad- College, to the churches of Great Britain, in vantage to many pious and devoted young aid of this centenary commemoration. The men; and, by its reaction on the churches, committee are resolutely opposed to large has proved a real blessing, and is accomplish- expenditure, but they believe that God, in ing much good. Still the College is without his providence, has assigned to the Western a permanent home. The students reside in College, an important and obvious work, and the town, and meet for instruction at the they desire that, so far as that work can be house of the theological professor.
aided by their own endeavour, or the assistThe Annual Meeting, which was held on ance of the Christian church, it may not be the 8th of September last, constituted the withheld. centenary service of the Institution. In the The College looks back on a long ancestry. morning, at ten o'clock, the friends of the It is amongst the oldest of our educational College convened at Union Chapel in Ply- | institutions—it has never swerved into error, mouth,-a handsome and commodious build. or grown indifferent in service-holy men of ing, erected through the indefatigable exertions God, who once laboured for it, are gone to of the Rev. T. Č. Hine. After the Report their rest and reward. Young men, full of had been read by Mr. Alfred Rooker, the hope and buoyant with youthful energy Secretary, resolutions were adopted sanction- entered its walls, and went forth to live, and ing the special effort which had been com- labour, and die in the Master's vineyard. Its menced to raise & centenary fund for the tutors, whose names are still like fragrant purpose of erecting a building adequate to odour, taught faithfully the truth committed the wants of the Institution. This appeal to their charge, and they rest from their has been already met by subscriptions to the labours, and their works follow them. It is amount of nearly £1000, of which the Congre- for us—for the churches of our common order gational Fund Board have liberally contributed --for the more wealthy, or for poorer Chris. £100. The principles adopted in reference tians, to contribute freely, lovingly, and with to this effort were, that the building should a spirit of spontaneous liberality, so that this not be commenced until a fund adequate for institution may, with unimpaired efficiency, the erection was raised, the subsrciptions in and with increased facilities for service, enter, the interim being funded. That the building with the Divine blessing, on its second censhould not be costly or ornate, but a simple tury of labour and success. structure, fitted, if possible, as a residence for
A. R. the tutors, with lecture-rooms for the use of
LETTER FROM SUFFERERS BY THE LATE
FIRE AT HONG-KONG.
taken by surprise when I first told them how you, separated by such a distance, had yet
been having them in remembrance. One Hong-Kong, 20th July, 1852. man said, “We were poor before; but we To the Members of the Church and Congrega- were getting on and getting through, notwith
tion assembling at Trevor Chapel. standing the loss of our little all. We don't DEAR FRIENDS, -I enjoyed, last week, feel it now, as we did at first. Let this the high pleasure of paying over to our Chi- money be given to help in the rebuilding of nese friends, who suffered by the fire last year, the chapel and hospital." Most of them your generous gift of £20. Our little Eng. would have concurred in this suggestion, but lish church here contributed for them in Jan. I said to them,-“ No. This is a personal uary, a sum of about £15, and they were gift, an expression from those friends of their TRANSLATION.
sympathy with you in your affliction. You debted for this—to Him who said, 'He that must all take it; and by doing more with heareth the words of God and keepeth them, the help of it for those buildings than you the same is my mother, and sister, and could otherwise do, you will prove that you brother?' are worthy of their confidence and kindness."
“ May the grace of the Saviour, and the One of the oldest of them, Ho A-Sun, love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy spoke well, when I divided the money among Spirit be vouchsafed to you and to us! Yea, them, on the proof which was thus afforded may the peace and blessing of God rest upon them of the faithfulness of God. “It needed you, so that in all things you may be prosfaith, he said, for a Chinese to embrace the perous, and be enriched in all knowledge and gospel, for in doing so he set many against understanding, and freedom of utterance, him, and some doors of livelihood were and doing of good! This will be the desire closed. Yet there were many promises in of our whole lives. the Bible, that they who trusted in God “ These few words we bave written to sigshould want for no good thing. And in this wify our gratitude, and we send them to you, gift which they were receiving, God was the honoured members of the church assemshowing to them that his resources were in- bling in Trevor Chapel. exhaustible. He had sent them help from “ Written in the beginning of the sixth afar. They would trust him more, and pro- month of the second year of Heen-fung by claim his goodness and power without doubt- “ Ny Mun-Sow, Poon Yat-Shing, Ho ing." I send along with this a letter, in which
A-Sun, Ti Kum-Sin, Ho Leung-Yuk, they have expressed their sense of your kind
Seen A-Perm, Chü A-Sok, Hwong ness; and, as you would not be able to make
A-Muk, Lae Fung-I-Sun, Tsik-Sing out the original alone, have accompanied it (a woman)." with a translation.
I wish I were able to send you at the same
time more cheering accounts of the progress “ Thanks be to the Saviour Jesus Christ, that the gospel is making among the Chinese; through whom we have obtained grace! We but though “ the word of God is not bound," were as things that had been lost; but we its reception among the multitudes of the have been found again. Our souls were as people is far from corresponding to our desires dead; but they are alive again.
and hopes. The labours of our own Mission " On the eighth night of the eleventh in this place sustained a considerable check, month of last year, we were surprised by in consequence of the burning of the chapel, fire, and suffered loss. In that event there and though we were kindly favoured by the was the punishment of our sins—the mani. American Baptist Mission with the use of festation of the just anger of God calling us their chapel, its site is in a very undesirable to awake and repent. We beg that all the locality, so that our congregations have been faithful of the Church of Jesus will pray for comparatively small. This month, however, us, that we may increase in faith, that our we have commenced the re-erection hearts may continually be under the influ. own place, which is being built a story higher, ence of gratitude to our Triune God, and to admit of our having both a chapel and a that by him we may be supported and hospital in one building. A-Sow, one of the helped, holding to the end the beginning of youths who accompanied me to England, our confidence, and not stopping short in the has been exerting himself among his more middle of our course. May they pray, also, wealthy countrymen, and has got subscripthat the number of those who are believers tions from them to the amount of 150 dolhere may be increased!
lars, £30. They give their money, of course, “ After the fire we all had much to endure; on account of the hospital. They are senbut we not so much as others. There were sible of the benefit which they receive from some of our relatives and acquaintance in the its operations. May their eyes be opened to same calamity without alleviation or assist- see the glory of the truth as it is in Jesus--ance, and it was the same with the great its glory as the wisdom of God, and the power multitude of our countrymen, whose houses of God for the salvation of the soul! and property were consumed. But to us The Chinese are fond of burying their there came both consolation and help from dead on hills, choosing, if possible, those spots the disciples, chosen of God, and loved by the which have a pleasant open prospect, and Saviour.
raising a stone at the head of the grave. “Soon after the fire, the believers here Among a clump of such stones, at the foot made a contribution on our behalf, and now of Victoria Park, behind the Mission House, again, you, the beloved members of the is one bearing its silent attestation in the church in Trevor Chapel, have sent us your Chinese characters,—“ Jesus said, Suffer the gift. Receive the expression of our gratitude. little children to come unto me, and forbid Your kindness shall be always in our hearts. them not; for of such is the kingdom of And is it not to the Saviour that we are in- heaven." It was erected early in this year