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1. To be at church every week, and at
ORDINATION OF THE FIRST COLOURED the Lord's table at every appointed time;
MINISTER IN THE COUNTESS OF HUNTalso, at every public meeting of the bands,
INGDON'S CONNEXION. unless distance or sickness prevent.
2. To use private prayer every day; The Rev. John Marrant, a man of and family prayer, if you are at the head colour, was converted under the preachof a family.
ing of the Rev. G. Whitfield, at Charles3. To read the Scriptures, and meditate town, South Carolina, in the United States therein at every vacant hour.”
of America. After passing through many
changes and meeting with many roRULES OF THE BAND SOCIETIES OP LADY mantic adventures in his early life he
HUNTINGDON'S CONNEXION, SIERRA came to England, was introduced to LEONE.
Lady Huntingdon, and preached occa
sionally in some of her chapels. A letter, “ The design of our meeting is to obey written by his brother, requesting that that command of God :" Confess your missionaries might be sent to Nova faults one to another, and pray one for Scotia, fell into the hands of Lady another, that ye may be healed.” To this Huntingdon, who, being always anxious end we intend
to avail herself of every opening for 1. To meet once a week at the least.
usefulness, arranged at once for Marrant 2. To come punctually at the hour and others to go thither. appointed, without some extraordinary Previous to his departure he was set
apart to the work of the christian min3. To begin, those of us who are istry at the Countess' chapel in the city present, exactly at the hour, with singing of Bath. The Rev. Thomas Wills, one and prayer.
of her Ladyship's chaplains, took a 4. To speak each of us in order, freely prominent part in the important service, and plainly, the true state of our souls, but we are not now able to state what and the temptations we have felt since other ministers were engaged with him our last meeting.
on the solemn and interesting occasion. 5. To end every meeting with prayer, The following is a verbatim copy of the suited to the state of each person present. original certificate of Mr. Marrant's or
6. To desire some person among us to dination, which is in the hand-writing of speak his own experience first, and then the chaplain, and which was enclosed in to ask the rest concerning their state, a letter addressed by him to Mr. Wm. sins, and temptations.
Hodson, 43. Lothbury, London. The Some of the questions proposed to every
letter is dated Worcester, June 19th, one before he is admitted among us may
be to this effect :
“This is to certify that the Reverend
John Marrant was publicly ordained to 1. Have you the forgiveness of your the work of the ministry in the Right sins ?
Honourable the Countess of Huntingdon's 2. Have you peace with God through chapel at Bath, in England, on the our Lord Jesus Christ?
Lord's day, viz. : the fifteenth day of 3. Have you the witness of God's May, 1785, in consequence of a call from spirit with your spirit, that you are a Nova Scotia, where he is immediately to child of God
enter on his ministry. 4. Is the love of God shed abroad in
“Given under my hand at Worcester,
June the nineteenth, one thousand seven 5. Has any sin, inward or outward, hundred and eighty-five." dominion over you? 6. Do you desire to be told of all your Chaplain to the Countess of Huntingdon.
(Signed) THOMAS WILLS, faults, and that plain and home?
7. Is it your desire and design to be on It was from under the ministry of Mr. this, and all other occasions, entirely Marrant and his coadjutors that a conopen, so as to speak without disguise, siderable number of our sable brethren and without reserve?
first went to Sierra Leone, and, as our Thus it will be seen that our African readers are aware, were instrumental in friends require experience and practice, raising those churches of the Connexion, as well as profession, in those who of which a general account was given in become members of their societies. our last number.
Could the Countess have witnessed these results of her zealous efforts to
Patirr. spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, how would her heart have rejoiced, and her soul have been made glad! What a
TO AUXILIARIES. striking illustration of that portion of Holy Writ is here presented, which monies intended for this year's account
It is porticularly requested that all states : “Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days !'' | be remitted by Tuesday, the 17th of May what has already been effected June, with the various items composing through the Divine blessing on the the whole amount received during the means employed be followed by still office order made payable, to Mr. Fred
Money to be remitted, or post greater proofs that “God is with us."
erick William Willcocks, 98, Goswell
CHESHUNT COLLEGE.-The Anniverhas been introduced at the Countess sary of the College is fixed for ThursChapel in Canterbury. We hope before day, June 26th, when the Rev. Henry long, this will be the case at every chapel
Allon will preach. bearing the name of the Countess, especially as the Book has the sanction and SION CHAPEL, LONDON.—We underapproval both of the Conference and stand the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon will Trustees of the Connexion. We are preach on Thursday, May 1st, at eleven much gratified at the success which has in the morning, in aid of the funds of the attended the spirited proprietors of this above chapel valuable book. We understand the seventh thousand is now being printed ; | COUNTESS OF HUNTINGDON'S also that application has been made MISSIONARY SOCETY. with a view to its introduction among the Welch Calvinistic Methodists. In The Rev. E. S. Hart, M. A., of St. these days of “New Hymn Books," it Ives, Cornwall, has kindly undertaken to is not a little privilege to claim, as our arrange for our annual missionary serown, a book so Scriptural and Evangelical. mons in the west of England. We hope We have been pained to find a small all our churches in that district will volume, published for use in congrega- kindly aid our good brother in carrying tions, &c., called, "The Rivulet, com out the wishes of the Committee. Among mended by the pastors of Surrey Chapel, others who have kindly promised to Union Chapel," Islington, and several receive him, is the Association Wesleyan other ministers, which the editor of the Chapel, at Redruth. We understand we British Banner designates “the most un are greatly indebted to H. Grylls, Esq., spiritural pubication of the kind in the of Moreton House, for this kind and English tongue,-crude, disjointed, un fraternal feeling towards our society. meaning, unchristian, ill-rhymed rubbish."
Contributions. We have to record this month the death of an highly esteemed minister
Sion Chapel, London, Per Miss
Dorville. of the Connexion, the Rev. JAMES Collected by POOLE, which took place at Worces
Miss Hammer ter, on Thursday, April 3rd, in the 64th year of his age. His remains
0 30 were interred at St. Oswald's Cemetry,
Miss Phippard and his death improved at the Coun
0 8 6 tess' Chapel, by the Rev. T. Dodd,
1 18 10 from a text chosen by himself, “this is a faithful saying and worthy of all
Spa Fields Chapel. acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." We
Ladies Auxiliary, per Mrs. Thoresby .. 6 14 4 hope to furnish a memoir of our depart
Mr. Chapman's Bible Class .. ed friend in next month's Harbinger.
7 9 4
£ s. d. 0 15 6
0 11 10
0 15 0
...... 360 19 3
H. F. Stroud in Account with the Trustees of the late Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion.
Cr. 1855. £ 8. d. 1855,
£ s. d. Dividends on Dr. FORD's Bequest : By Payments from 1854
55 15 0
Grants in aid of Sion Chapel, London (including Rent, £130).. 247 10 4
312 17 0
Grants in aid of Ministers' Salaries 6 ditto ditto (less increased Income Tax).... 310 1 8 Grants towards Repairs of Chapels, &c.
50 19 10 Income Tax returned to 5th April, 1855
39 15 10 Interest on Loans
........................ 160 00 Solicitor's Charges in 1854
4 18 0 Dividends on Residue of Mr. COOPER's Bequest:
8 1 6
8 16 0
100 0 0
0 9 2
8 2 9
£896 19 11
82 3 10
15 14 2
Examined and approved, 30th January, 1856. £82 3 10
JAMES SHERMAN. £82 3 10
MRS. HAWEIS'S BEQUEST. 1855, To Balance from 1854
15 6 2 1855, By Grants in aid of the Stations at COPTHORN, TURNER'S HILL, 12 Months' Dividend on £1,084 155. 1d., 3 per cents, reduced 32 10 10
12 17 0
£47 17 0
171 8 9
3 14 01
158 5 0
281 36 One-third of 12 Months' Rent of the Cobham Row Estate
83 0 1 Grants to Five WIDOWS
2 0 0
0 4 7 Balance to 1855-56
£414 13 10
Examined-THOMAS M. COOMBS,
£414 13 10
Stock standing in the Books of the Bank of England on the 30th June, 1855, in the names of STROUD, TrueMAN, TAYLOR, and Coombs, £10,550, new 3 per cents,
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. JAMES POOLE, OF
Our beloved brother, the Rev. James Poole, was a native of the city of Worcester, in which place he received an education suitable to business for which he was destined by his parents. Little indeed can be learned of his boyhood more than that he was blessed with a pious mother and a gentle, calm spirit, and that his general conduct was much the same as most other children's, who possess such parental and constitutional advantages. His widow writes, “I remarked one day, that he was in temper always serene and calm, and enquired whether this had been natural to him from his childhood. He replied that he was much like other boys, but that he had the advantage of a pious mother who carefully watched over him.
When he was about eight or nine she observed him engaged in some trifling quarrel with his playfellows, for which she reproved him, and told him to ask Jesus to forgive him, and keep him from giving way to passion : he then retired to his room, and, on his knees confessing his sin and asking pardon : from that time he did not remember ever being in a passion, and he became regularly a boy of prayer. After this, however, his greatest amusement was to see people dance, and to attend village wakes and witness their rustic sports."
At the early age of fourteen it pleased the God of all grace to raise our friend to a higher school of instruction, and to the enjoyment of better pleasures than those which wakes and dances can furnish, and thus to crown a constitutional calmness of temper with the peace of God that passeth all understanding. The simple, affectionate and earnest preaching of the late respected ministerial trustee of the Connexion, the Rev. John Finley, was the instrument in the Divine hand of bringing him to abandon these follies and to give up himself to the Lord and to his church, and thus became his spiritual father.
Mr. Finley, in his sermon to the young delivered at Birdport Chapel, Worcester, told his youthful hearers never to go where they could not take God with them. This short sentence, by no means original, came
with such power to the conscience and heart of the subject of this Memoir, that the lady before quoted says, “ He told me it made him very unhappy, and he felt that he had greatly sinned in frequenting places where God was not ! He suffered much, knowing he must have offended God : he never went to any place of the kind afterwards, and earnestly implored the Lord to pardon him, and from that time, when only fourteen, he gave up the world and walked decidedly in the ways of holiness, proving her ways to be ways of pleasantness and all her paths to be peace."
Ó! that these lines may reach the heart of any of our youthful readers, and convince them of the possibility, the necessity and the advantage of early piety. They recall to memory, in him who transcribes them, with thrilling interest, the age and the feelings of a boyhood in sympathy with James Poole’s. We imagine also we trace the strong desire of our friend, through life, to visit scenes of dissipation, for the purpose of throwing, in the form of tracts, grains of salt into these brackish waters. No sooner had our youth become a christian, tasting that the Lord is gracious, than, like Philip with Nathaniel, he tried to bring his brother to Jesus. brother, six years older than himself, resident in the same maternal house, was dissipated and thoughtless, and when he found James reading his Bible, scoffed at and ridiculed him, calling him the young Methodist.' Edward however with all his faults was fond of his mother, and when James was sixteen years of age, the mother dying, took his elder brother to see her in the coffin. Edward seemed much impressed, and said, 'James, I perhaps may go next, and what will become of me? I am not fit to die ! James told him he had the same God and Saviour to go to, and that in them he must seek an interest. "James,' said his brother,
will you pray with me now, and explain the Bible to me? The brothers retired to their room, to pray, and, as long as they remained together, the younger was the constant teacher of the elder, and the blessing of God seemed to accompany them.” It is well when christian zeal, like charity, begins at home. There are few better omens of ministerial usefulness than early success in the domestic circle. Let it likewise be borne in mind that if Mr. Finley was the preacher who first led him to decision, Mr. Lake, the pastor of Birdport Chapel, so long and with so much popularity and success, was his friend and minister,-a man who, to pulpit talent and earnestness, added great power in truly religious conversationa gift rendered eminently useful to many in the highest circles as well as to the classes in his congregation, and especially to young men. He knew how to be “instant in season and out of season :" so that our brother had peculiar advantages in his religious instruction as well as in his father in Christ Jesus.
The writer well remembers Mr. Poole's visit to him on his way to London in the year 1812, as a candidate for a student's privileges in Cheshunt College. That Institution was at that time, and for nearly 30 years after, answering its original purpose in chiefly training young men for the christian ministry in the Connexion of the noble lady whose name it bears. Mr. Poole on that, as well as on subsequent interviews, impressed us with the idea of a good and spiritually-minded young man of a tranquil and humble spirit, of moderate talent and ardent love to Jesus