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was due to our young friends for the pains rance. He had been one of the principal they had taken in preparing, and for the means of causing the erection of a new ability with which they carried out their prison for the City, at Holloway, which preparations.

had cost £100,000, because he felt that Some of the younger scholars recited our old places of imprisonment were both in poetry and prose, and evinced neither proper for punishment nor refortheir proficiency to the evident satisfac- mation. But the expense did not end tion of the audience. All appeared to there-it cost many thousands a-year to spend a pleasant and profitable evening. maintain the prison-and though they It is extremely gratifying to those con were introducing measures, by means of nected with Saint Stephens' to know that which the prisoners would partly repay so many of the young are regular in their the cost of their maintenance, still there attendance both at church and school, must always be a heavy burden on the and to feel assured, moreover, that the community, from this source, so long as general consistency of their conduct is they did not go to the fountain-head, and such as to indicate more than a mere provide a sound and useful education for attendance on tho means of grace. We the rising generation. He felt, therefore, makethis record with heart-felt gratitude that in raising that spacious edifice, and to the Father of mercies, and pray that devoting it to educational purposes, they “our sons may be as plants grown up in were doing the proper work of a Christheir youth ; and that our daughters may tian congregation, and doing their part to be as corner stones, polished after the abate the great and manifold evils which similitude of a palace.

were to be traced to the ignorance in

which large masses of our people were Spa FIELDS CHAPEL.-On Wednesday, involved. In no district of London was January 9th, the new and spacious school such an institution more urgently required, room at the rear of this chapel was open- and he augured the very happiest conseed by a soiree which was numerously quences from its establishment, both on attended. The room is seventy-five feet the minds and the morals of the swarmlong and thirty-two feet wide, and of ing population by whom it was surroundproportional height, and does much credit | ed. (Hear, hear.) to the architect, Mr. Constantine, to Mr. F. W. WILLCOCKS, Treasurer, havwhose indefatigable attentions the com- ing read a letter from Š. Morley, Esq., mittee feel much indebted. Decorated enclosing a donation of £50; from T. S. with various banners, and suitable inscrip- Duncombe, Esq., M.P., stating his warm tions, the Countess' arms being most sympathy with the object, but regretting conspicuous over the platform, the whole his inability to attend; and from E. Ball, appearance of the room was gay and Esq., M.P., Mr. Joseph Payne, &c., to animating

the same effect, briefly stated the circumMr. Alderman Challis, M.P., presided, st ances under which the new schools had and referred to his former connexion with been erected. There had been a desire t') the chapel, and the interest he still felt in erect larger school-rooms some years ago, its welfare. He observed that in his but, as the former lease terminated in 1842, opinion no subject was of more grave and the lease that succeeded was only for moment than the education of the people, a few years, it was not advisable to do so. and the conviction was strengthening They had now, however, procured from among politicians of all parties that the the Marquess of Northampton a renewal evil of ignorance must be put down by of the lease upon exceedingly favourable agencies commensurate with its magni- terms, and the result was that they had tude. He was glad to see the stigma was thoroughly repaired and decorated the about being removed from Clerkenwell. chapel; built those spacious schools on The census revealed that that district the site of the old garden of the Countess exceeded all others in neglect in this of Huntingdon, erected a new committee particular. Mr. C. also urged the impor- and class room, and a minister's room, at tance of making so noble a room available a cost in all of £2,250. (Hear, hear.) to the working classes, by useful lectures, A great portion of that had been already and a lending library.

subscribed for by Christian friends, and In a merely pecuniary point of view, friends to education generally, and he they could not engage in a more valuable trusted that the share which the congreor necessary undertaking. Crime was gation had to make up would be willingly the necessary result of neglect and igno- and promptly given.

The meeting was afterwards addressed " The report was then read by Mr. J. in able and appropriate speeches by the B. Elliott, the Secretary, and one of the Rev. A. J. Morris, of Holloway; Rev. D. lay-ministers of the Society, which was Thomas, of Stockwell; Charles Reed, highly satisfactory, shewing the success Esq.; Rev. B. S. Hollis, of Islington; that had attended the Society's labours and other friends.

in Freetown, several of the adjoining A list of contributions was read by the villages, and in the Sherbro and Timtreasurer, amounting to £1,300 including manee countries, in the dissemination of £50 from the chairman and £25 fronı the the gospel, and in the establishment of Marquis of Northampton, &c. &c., and schools for religious instruction. The during the meeting npwards of £100 state of their pecuniary resources were, additional was announced. We should however, far from encouraging, by which, be glad if some of our wealthy Connexion also, much of their usefulness had been friends would assist to liquidate the prevented in the wide field of labour that balance.

said before them; but unlike many other

self supporting religious associations, WORCESTER.—The anniversary services their financial statement showed that they connected with the Countess' chapel in had generally contrived to keep out of this city, were held on Sunday, December debt, tho' the balance in hand was cer9th, 1855, when two excellent discourses tainly very small. were preached by the Rev. E. C. Lewis, I'he report, having been read, a colof Saint Stephens' church, Rochdale. lection was made in aid of the funds of The congregations were good during the the Society, after which the following day, and npwards of twenty pounds were resolutions, prefaced by appropriate adcollected on the occasion.

dreses, were moved and seconded, and severally adopted

“Moved by the Honourable J. T. Sierra Leone,

Commissiong, seconded by the Rev. Scipio

Wright,—"That the report now read be WESTERN AFRICA.

adopted and published, under the direc

tion of the Trustees." The sixty-third annual conference of “ Moved by the Rev. G. Nicol, secondthe ministers and members of the churches ed by Mr. James Quaker,—“That this belonging to the Countess of Hunting- meeting desires to return thanks to Aldon's Connexion, Sierra Leone, was held mighty God, for his mercies vouchsafed at Zion chapel, Freetown, on the 5th of to the Connexion in this Colony, and July, 1855.

resolves, by earnest supplication, to seek The following account of the meeting for a more copious outpouring of the is extracted from “ The New Era,” pub- Holy Spirit on the labours of its servants.” lished in the Colony.

“Moved by the Rev. J. Reay, second“We experienced much pleasure in ed by Mr. Ezzedio, -" That this meeting being present at the sixty-third annual desires to express its devout thankfulConference of the Countess of Hunting- ness to Almighty God for the openings don's Connexion, held at Zion chapel, which have presented themselves to the which was well attended, by several of Agents of this Association in the Sherbro the Clergy of other denominations, and a country, and resolves to encourage the number of gentlemen, who took an ac- Society to occupy that field of usefulness, tive part in the proceedings of the evening. in conjunction with other servants of the

“The chair having been taken by the cross, already established there.” Honourable J. F. Smyth, the Colonial “ Moved by the Rev. Mr. Dillon, seSecretary, as on several previous occasi conded by Mr. J.B. Johnson,—“That an ons, the meeting was opened by an appro- earnest appeal be made to the Ministers priate hymn; after which the honourable and Trustees of the Countess of Huntinggentleman in an elaborate speech explain- don's Connexion, in England, for further ed the original establishment of the support to enable the Association to conSociety, by its noble and benevolent tinue with hope in the struggle which it founder, testified to its importance from has long had to maintain, in order to preits high position as a branch of the evan serve its position, and pursue a course of gelical church, and recommended the usefulness, as a section of the Church of Society to the assistance of all true Christ.” Christians.

“Moved by the Rev. J. B. Elliott, se-| the meeting to Mr. Smyth, to which he conded by the Rev. S. R. Wright,-"That replied in warm terms, expressive of his the thanks of this meeting be presented readiness at all times to contribute his to the Honourable J. F. Smyth, for the aid in furtherance of all objects having able and zealous manner in which he has for its ultimate end the success of the presided over the Meeting this evening, gospel, and spread of evangelical truth. and on all other occasions.”

“The collection having been very tri"The chairman having vacated the fling, it is hoped that the charitable and chair, and the same having been taken benevolent will countenance and aid the by the Honourable J. T. Commissiong, deserving endeavours, of this little band that gentleman conveyed the thanks of of Christ's followers. Subscriptions received at Freetown, towards Building a Chapel at Bompey, Sherbro

Country : 1855. Freetown.

£ s. d. Miss Susan Vincent's Mission Box Zion Chapel Sunday School Children.. 0 14 0

» Mary Ann Thomas Mrs. Susannah Wright's Mission Box 0 1 5 Mr. Samuel Williams's Card » Lucy Cox's

0 2 41 Jacob C. Hazeley's Diana Ackim's

0 351 „ John William's Rebecca Anderson's

0 3 11 C. D. Cromarty's Susan Elliott's

0 4 3

James Burden's Martha Paterson's

0 12 1

J. W. Elliott's Hannah Jenkin's

0 10 9 Mrs, Mary Elliott's Box. » Mary Elliott's

0 11 10 Waterloo Rachel Benker's

0 3 5 Eboe Town » Lucy Cox's

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To the Countess of Huntingdon's Missionary Society.
Ashbourne, per Mrs. Hollis.

£ s. d. Mr, Evans

0 ] 0 £ s. d. £ s. d. Lady's Auxiliary

1 13 3
Mr. Beaumont

10 Miss Phiffard

1 0 Bearfield, per Miss Rawling. Miss Lisset

1 0 Miss Clark

1 3 Sunday School 073 Miss S. Clark

10 Cheltenham, per Miss Wake. Miss McVico

0 1 A. B.

10 Sunday School 1 11 2 Mr. J. Powell

1 0 0 Yarmouth, per Rev. John Meffen.

0 10 9 Collected by Miss Bond

2 50

Collected by Miss Hammer.
Miss Moore
0 10 0
Miss Dorvell

0 1 0
Miss Cooper 1 1 4
Mr. Lait

0 10 Mr. Isaac Cooper. 17 9 Mr. Larman

0 10 Mr. James Cooper 09 10 Mr. Powell

0 1 0 Miss Meffen 0 73 Mr, Bond

0 1 0 6 1 2 Mr. Baldwin

0 1 0 Mrs. Bowles

0 1 0 Sion Chapel, London, per Miss Dorvill. Mr, Deifer

0 1 0 Mr. Johnson

02 0 Collected by Miss Price.

Mrs. Powell

0 1 0 Mr. Cooper

0 1 6
Mrs. Sonders

0 4 6 Mrs. Phillips


0 1 0 Mrs. Price 0

0 16 6 2 6 Mr, W. Price

i 6 Spa Fields Chapel, Rev. T.E. Thoresby. Mrs. Lisset

0 1 0 Mrs. Tipper

La dies Auxiliary, per Mrs. Thoresby.. 10 7 2

0 1 0 Mrs, Deffee

Per Mrs, Willcocks.
0 1 0
Mr, Dix

1 1 0
Mrs. Dix

1 1 0 0 9 6 Collected by Miss Herring.

Mr. Willcockg

1 1 0 Mis.Mears, 2 quarters

Mrs. Willcocks

0 10 6 0 2 0 Mr. Newling

Miss Roberts

0 10 6 0 2 0 Mrs. Smith 0 20

4 4 0 06 0

14 11 2 Collected by Miss Phiffard.

Worcester, Rev. T. Dodd.
Mr. Mann

0 1 6
Collected by Miss Lucy Price

1 2 6



MARCH, 1856.


Zechariah xiv. 16.

Truth has nothing to fear from discus- | tabernacles, as it is stated in Zech. xiv. sion. While error seeks to hide itself 16. But the difficulties involved in such in its own native darkness, truth courts a view of the passage are insuperable. the light, challenges the most searching For, in the first place, how could any one investigation, and comes out of the ordeal, city contain within it all the nations of like gold out of the furnace, only purified the globe ? Think of the millions in of its dross. Like the noble-minded Europe only, all congregated together Bereans, let us search the Scriptures in within the walls of the Holy City! and simple dependance on the promised aid then add to these the millions in Asiaof God's Holy Spirit, prepared to em in Africa-in America-in the far distant brace whatever is truth, and to renounce isles of the sea! The answer probably whatever is error.

will be, “The Bible says it, and that is But it will be said, there is no one enough for me.” Now, it is clear that error in Christendom, which its advo- either this which we have been supposcates have not sought to authenticate by ing will take place, or, that the passage some text of Scripture, even the absurd is not rightly understood. One or other ities of Mormonism are all attempted to of these propositions must be the true be built upon the word of inspiration. one. But the first one is a positive imBut we invariably find that, the quota- possibility, while the latter is by no means tion is either one of acknowledged diffi- impossible. We are therefore bound in culty, or that it is viewed apart from its all reason to accept the possible rather immediate connection, and from the than the impossible alternative. An general teaching of Holy Scripture. We escape from this difficulty, has been need to bring not only honest but sober sought by saying that probably the natiminds to the study of the Word of God, ons will be represented by delegates. and to guard against deducing important We reply first, this supposition is entirely conclusions from some tiny passage, form- without foundation, no mention whatever ing a part it may be of one of the least of delegates being made--secondly, who understood portions of Holy Writ. It ever heard of any one being delegated to should also be borne in mind that, though "worship" for another. This being a matwe are necessarily called upon to receive ter of personal religion could not be many things on the authority of Scrip- delegated; the benefit would be all on ture which are above reason, yet never the side of the delegates—thirdly, this is that which is contrary to reason. Let us not the teaching of Millenarians—it is a then test some views on prophecy by mere subterfuge to which few have rethese sound, and only safe principles of course. interpretation.

But supposing it possible that Jerusalem It is said that the time is coming when could contain so vast a multitude, is it all the nations of the world will go up likely that God, our Heavenly Father, from year to year to Jerusalem, to wor would ordain a law by which his children ship the Lord and to keep the feast of would be required, once every year to





leave their far distant homes, some of manifesting his care of these “ families” them thousands of miles away, and who had become settlers in Canaan, by traverse sea and land that they might directing that they should be trained up spend a few days in worship at Jerusalem, | in the knowledge and worship of the one and then to return? We have not so true God. That the passage is also learnt the God of the Bible. We read of capable of a higher and spiritual sense, I only one who had any notion of this kind, think may be fairly inferred from the and whose thoughts were all about the comment of the Apostle, though upon a "place" where men ought to worship. different part of the history of ancient "Ye say that in Jerusalem is the place Israel ;-* All these things happened where men ought to worship.” But unto them for ensamples (types) and they Christ taught Samaria's daughter that are written for our admonition.” “God is a Spirit,” every where present, Scripture is its own best interpreter, and therefore there is no needs be that and therefore it is important that the Old people should undertake long and diffi- Testament should be studied as much as cult journeys in order to "worship’ possible in the light of the New. Not a Him.

few of the predictions of the former are Again, How can we account for the clearly and definitely explained to us in entire silence of the New Testament on the latter, and these again aid us in a this subject--with one remarkable ex- right understanding of others. The comception, our Lord's words,—" Believe ments of our Lord and his Apostles, being me, the hour cometh when ye shall infallible truth, should be our starting neither in this mountain, NOR YET AT points, and accepted, on all hands, as JERUSALEM worship the Father.” established facts and principles, upon Strange, that neither Christ nor his which we may safely and confidently Apostles should have uttered a word on build. Our views of a particular passage a subject of so much interest and import- may be mistaken,---Christ's never can.

This is one of the strong pillars We do well, therefore, in reference to any of Millenarianism-take it away, and the Old Testainent prophecy, first to enquire, whole fabric falls. How comes it to what has Christ or his Apostles said about pass, that if this be a good and wholesome this ? and thus going forth with the lamp doctrine for the church in our day, the of truth in our hands, we shall be much Apostles did not think the same in regard more likely to arrive at a correct.conto the church in their day? If it becomes clusion than by following the glimmerthe Christians in London, Edinburgh, ing light of our own feeble understandand Dublin, to know these things, did it ings. How many, through not taking not also become the Christians in Rome, heed to the “more sure word of prophecy Corinth, and Ephesus, to know them? contained in the New Testament, have

What then is the meaning of the words lost themselves in the labyrinths of in Zechariah? We cannot tell. The human systems. Take an illustration :chapter throughout is allowed to be one We read in Malachi, “Behold, I send my of those scriptures which are “hard to messenger, and he shall prepare the way be understood ;” and therefore a positive before me, &c.,” and our thoughts turn conclusion cannot be fairly drawn from at once to John who was Christ's forethis passage, much less one involving an

But before laying it down as a absurdity. That the meaning must be settled fact that he is the person referred sought in a literal fulfilment, we have no to by the prophet, we judge it safer first doubt. The prophecy was delivered to enquire, what our Lord said about it? previous to the return from Babylon, and And we find him saying,—"Elias is it may be that it primarily refers to events indeed come “ This is he of whom it which were to take place after their re- is written, Behold, I send my messenger turn from captivity. Of the keeping of &c.” Similar is the testimony of the feast of Tabernacles after the return Matthew, Mark, and Luke;- likewise of we have a particular account in Nehem. Zacharias, and of the angel who appeared viii. The" every one that was left”. to him ;-and lastly of the Baptist himmay refer in its primary sense to the self; "and these are written that ye might “ families” mentioned in the following believe.” With such clear and unequiverse, and which were “left” in Judæa vocal statements, who can doubt that (frequently called “the earth”) by the John was the predicted forerunner? But nations that came up against Jerusalem. O, the blinding and enslaving influence Now we may readily conceive of God of system !--the Millenarian tells us that


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