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Solihull, Warwickshire; on which occasion, three Sermons were preached : that in the
morning, by the Rev. J. A. James, of BirASSOCIATIONS.
mingham; that in the afternoon, by the Rev. The Associated Ministers of Sheffield, evening, by the Rev. T. East, of Birming
J. W. Percy, of Warwick ; and that in the Wakefield, and Rotherham, held their half yearly Meeting at Melton. The Services
ham. On the following Sabbath day, Sermons commenced on the preceding evening, when
were preached in the morning and afternoon, a Sermon was delivered by Dr. Cope, of by the Rev: W. Hood, Minister of the Wakefield, on the “Kingdom of Christ, and
Chapel, and in the evening, by the Rev. J. the means of its advancement." The next
Sibree, of Coventry, after which latter sermorning, the Rev. Mr. Boden, of Sheffield,
vice, a collection was also made, which, topreached on “Satanic Influence,” the Rev. gether with those preceding, amounted to
431. 4s. 2d. Mr. Dixon, of Sheffield, on “ Christian
The success attending the Watchfulness,” the Rev. Messrs. Nichols, of
erection of the above place of worship, is at Bawtry, Docker, of Sheffield, and Dr. Ben
once most surprising and gratifying. This nett, of Rotberham, conducted the devotional
town, containing from two to three thousand parts of the service.
souls, was previously, for upwards of twenty years, destitute of Evangelical preaching by
any denomination of Dissenters. An eliThe Anniversary of the Union of Chris- gible piece of ground was purchased by the tians, for Bedfordshire and neighbouring
Rev. J. Sibree-a Chapel has been erectedplaces, will be held at Bedford, on Wednes
a Minister, in the character of a Home day, the 31st of May, when the Rev. James Missionary, is become a resident in the town, Stratten, of Paddington Chapel, and the Rev. to preach regularly in the place, and in the John Morris, of Olney, are expected to
neighbouring destitute villages many of the preach. The former in the morning, at 11 pews in the Chapel have been let to respecto'clock, the latter in the evening at half
able families—the place is crowded with atpast 6.
tentive hearers every Sabbath day, and upwards of a hundred persons attend the week day evening Lectures. Thus a work has been accomplished within the short period of
one year, which, in all probability would not The Anniversary of the Yorkshire West have been performed in ten or fifteen years, Riding Home Missionary Society, was held by the usual mode of entering into destitute at Wakefield. Sermons were preached by towns. A debt of £400 remains to be deDr. Bennett of Rotherham, and Rev. J. frayed, to effect which, the aid of the bene. Fox, of Bolton, and a public Meeting held volent public is earnestly solicited. in the Afternoon, in Salem Chapel, Wakefield, when addresses were delivered by the Rev. Drs. Boothroyd and Cope, Rev. Messrs.
ORDINATIONS. Vint, Pool, Bruce, Scott, Rheedor, Huds. well, Holdgate, &c. A very pleasing Report
On Wednesday, the 22nd of March, the was read by Mr. Vint.
Rev. David Prain, late of Edinburgh, was 29th March, 1826.
ordained as an Evangelist, at Little Dean, in Gloucestershire. The Rev. Mr. Richardson, of Frampton, read and prayed ; Mr. Edkins, of
Nailsworth, gave the introductory address and A neat Independent Chapel was opened at
asked the questions. Mr. Horlick, of Kuar Bawtry, Yorkshire, on Wednesday the 15th
Dean, offered up the ordination prayer, acof March, when Sermons were preached by companied with the laying on of hands ; Mr. the Rev. James Parsons, of York, the Rev.
Bishop, of Gloucester, gave the charge, from
1 Peter V. 2. W. H. King, of Gainsborough, and the Rev.
“ Feed the flock of God, Dr. Bennett, of Rotherham. A Sermon
which is among you ;” after wbich, Mr. was also preached on the preceding evening, Chalford, gave out the hymns in the evening;
Lewes, of Wooten, prayed. Mr. Wyld, of by the Rev. James Parsons. The Sermons were impregnated with the most important
Mr. Burder, of Stroud, preached to the and essential truths of the gospel; the atten
church and congregation, from 1 Cor. xiii. tion and the number of the auditories were
13. “And now abideth Faith, Hope, Chahighly encouraging, and their contributions
rity, these three, but the greatest of these is
Charity.” Messrs. Hamerton and Jones truly liberal.
prayed. The services throughout the day were On Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1825, a neat and
very interesting, and the chapel was crowded. commodious place of worship, connected with On Wednesday, the 29th of March, the the Independent denomination, was opened Rev, J, W, Wayne, from the Newport Pagnel far divino servipo, to the pleawant town of Rvangelloal institution, Whs ordained in the
pastoral office over the Independent church the errors, the superstition, the spiritual tyat Hitchin. The Rev. C. Gilbert of Stony rnny of their age, lost themselves in the Stratford, commenced the service by reading 1 ye-paths of fanaticism."- Dr. Flatt, Pres. the Scriptures and prayer ; the Rev. S. Hili- of the Wurtemberg Bible Society. 1823. yard, of Bedford, with much clearness and [I regret the being obliged, from want of precision, stated the nature of a gospel church, room, to omit many excellent passages in and asked the usual questions: the Rev. D. the Reports and Speeches of this Society, W. Aston, of Buckingham, (Mr. W.'s
both for 1823 and 1824.] pastor) prayed the ordination prayer,
with im- “ The Bible Societies are a source of position of hands; the Rev. T. P. Bull, of great benefit to particular churches. They Newport Pagnel, gave a most affectionate arouse the zeal of Christians, and direct their and impressive charge to the Minister from attention to serious and important objects. 1 Tim. iv. 16; and the Rev. W. Chaplin, They furnish an opportunity of exercising of Bishop's Stortford, delivered a very judi
the first virtue of Christianity, by co-operatcious discourse to the people, from Matt. ing to the true welfare of mankind, insepav. 14; the Rev. J. Holloway, of Cardington,
rable from the progress of the gospel. They near Bedford, read the hymns, and the Rev. are the centre of a focus, around which they J. Geard, the venerable Baptist Minister of have the unspeakable advantage of being able Hitchin, concluded the interesting service to unite, learn more and more, to know and with prayer.
love each other, convey mutual information, In the evening, the Rev. J. Slye, of Pot- and watch over interests which indolent inter's Parry, delivered a very able discourse sulation often leads to neglect. What French from Rom. iii. 31. The Rev. Messrs. Early,
Protestant does not bless the Bible Societies of Coleman's Green, and Hawkins, of Tow- which have been founded in the different cester, engaged in prayer.
provinces of this dear country, and which count the days of their existence by multiplied
blessings?—What French Protestant does not FOREIGN
bless, among others, the Society of the metropolis, the central point of all the churches of the kingdom, and whose honorable labours are
so calculated to fill with sacred joy all evanSTATE OF RELIGION ON THE CONTINENT,
gelical Christians, for whose temporal and (Continued from page 65.)
eternal good it is incessantly labouring ?NO. III.
Bible Societies multiply the friends of the On the Circulation and right Use of the
Bible, and consequently the friends of true
religion. They encourage and promote the Scriptures.
reading of the Bible, and consequently a “With the honouring and conscientious taste for divine things. They are so many use of the Bible arose, and with its being canals, diffusing in all directions the waters put behind and neglected sank, the true illu- which spring up to everlasting life.' The mination and life of religion in the Christian .Bible, whose venerable name they bear, and churches. In the early centuries, as long as to spread aboad which, for the instruction the Bible was esteemed and used as the and salvation of mankind, is their only obfountain of Christian knowledge, light and ject,—the Bible, better than any arguings, the spiritual power of life flowed from it to attests their usefulness and assures their sucthe members of the church of Jesus : in pro- cess. Already the most happy effects have portion as Bible-instruction or human dic- been produced by the propagation of the tates were adhered to, the light of truth Gospel-Code. Idolatrous nations and their shone brighter and stronger, or dimmer and chiets have abjured their superstitious sysweaker. In the gloomy middle ages, (the tems, and have bowed the knee to the benefit of which to society, in spite of every name of Jesus.' The larger part of the Soveeffort to place it in an advantageous point of reigos protect and favour the distribution of view, can scarcely be made to assume any the Book of God, and see in Bible-Estabetter form than that of a mass of necessary blishments, a valuable 'means of promoting evil, and for which the ingenuity of research the instruction, morality, and happiness of can obtain no really bright and useful side,) the nations whom Providence has entrusted the more the study of the Bible was neg- to their care. Pastors can supply their flocks lected, the more mightily did the night break with that spiritual food, the place of which in of superstition and a kind of Christian cannot be supplied by the exercises of public heathenism. Many sparks indeed burst out worship. Disorderly conduct and crimes of that night.
Many noble spirits forced have become rare in those countries where their way through the darkness, But that the reading of the Holy Word is the most darkness they could not vanquish since they practised. The wretched receive the book vieļded not that "gword of the Spirit which of genuine consolation, and bless the hand la the wyrd of God Many, wings hatte which gives it the goal bottor known
1999 in this company orgulo cagaria importada alumne ma panna nila aspon
those detractors who, upon the credit of pre
EXILED SWISS MINISTERS. tended philosophers, cavilled at it without
The Committee have waited to the latest having ever perhaps read it. I see Bible
bour that can allow the hope of an insertion Societies obtain the blessings of parents and
in the Evangelical Magazine, but their exchildren, prisoners and the poor, congrega
pectation is not yet realized of receiving the tions and their spiritual guides. 'By this
details of the distribution last directed. This river, (I borrow the sublime language of the
disappointment arises from the slowness of prophet Ezekiel,) and upon its banks, will
communication with the persecuted persons grow fruit-trees of all kinds, whose leaves
and families, who are dispersed in different shall not wither, and which shall not cease
parts of France and Switzerland; some of from bearing fruit: every month they bring them probably in villages and obscure places. forth fresh fruit, because the waters of the
We lament to say that, after a temporary river come forth from the sanctuary: therefore their fruit is good for food, and their justice was about to resume her seat in the
remission, and an excitement of hope that leaves are for healing.' (Ezek. xlvii. 12.)
Canton of Vaud, the persecuting spirit has Thus shall the voice of God be heard : bis
been revived to a very distressing degree. A oracles shall be consulted : every well-dis
faithful Minister, who had been permitted, posed mind will submit to the yoke of the
since the banishment of others, to hold reliLord : and the children of Adam shall be
gious meetings, and who had availed himself brought to Jesus, the Mediator of the new
of the indulgence with exemplary prudence covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling,
and care to avoid giving offence, is now which speaketh better things than that of
watched and pursued with jealous severity ; Abel.' To aid the Bible Societies that al
and he does not expect long to escape. The ready exist : to form Secondary Associations
Lord's day before bis last letter to one of our in every parish; to excite by Christian per
Paris Committee, be and his friends worsuasion, contributions as abundant as possi- shipped in a wood; but this they could effect ble; to contribute generously ourselves; to collect with gratitude the penny from the providentially changed their plan for that day
only once. It was owing to their having widow and the mite from the poor mechanic; to feel a deep interest in the distribution of d'armes. Several persons have been very
that they escaped being arrested by the Gens the Sacred Books; to pour out to the Author
recently condemned to banishment for difof every blessing fervent prayers that his
ferent periods, usually two or three years; and word may have free course,' be read, un
others to fines and costs to a considerable derstood, and practised; to show by our own conduct that we are not unworthy to bear
amount. One young Minister, who has been
sentenced to exile, has to repay 54 Louis, the glorious name of Friends of the Bible ; in one word, to be employed, with the acti
(we suppose old Louis, which are worth about
23 shillings each) which had been granted vity of a pious and charitable mind, in the
him for his expences at College. To such as progress of a cause which we know to be
carried on trades, or cultivated the ground, good and holy, acceptable to God and useful
their banishment has been almost or altoto man,—such are the obligations, as de
gether ruinous. Sums have been sent for lightful as they are important, which appear
immediate distribution among the most neto me to lie upon all the brethren of the
cessi tous families. In the midst of all, our Gospel, all the children of the blessed Re
correspondent writes, “the gospel spreads, formation. Doubt not, gentlemen, that
and the pious clergymen, non-separatists, are Bible Societies are, in the hands of the Divine Head of the Church, an instrument
The press of matter in the Magazine for of mercy to produce in our age the most
the next month, arising from the great relihappy results. Their labours, blessed from above, will follow a constant and irresistible
gious anniversaries, will probably preclude march. They will find, as they do among
our being able to insert a further report till
the July number. We trust that, long before you, as many friends and supporters as there
that time, our information will be completely are men of real religion and beneficence. The
For the Committee. names of such men as Teignmouth and Jaucourt, Van Ess and Owen, will go down
J. Pre SMITH. to posterity, attended with the thanksgivings Balance from the last statement
£60 12 2 of all believers, and the approbation of all
William Townsend, Esq.
1 0 good men.”
Miss A. Parker
A few Friends.
[The French Reports, especially those of A Friend, per Mr. Underhill the Paris Society, are rich in sentiment,
Anonymous, per P. Dugind, Aberdeen piety, and well attempered zeal. They would furnish a volume of interesting extracts.]
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0 5 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 JNDIAN COMMENTARY.
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most valuable slave, upon condition that he The following extract of a letter, dated Bar
shall emigrate to Africa. Another gentleman, badoes, Febuary 13, 1826, will sufficiently
now residing in Baltimore, but in possession evince the enmity of the Planters, or at
of a large estate near Norfolk, Vir, offers to least certain of them, against the cause of emancipate all his
slaves, amounting to one Missions.
hundred, when the Society can transfer
them to the colony. The Roman Catholic “ Accounts were received yesterday of Christians in Maryland are, we understand, Mr. Raymer, a Methodist, I believe, arriv
beginning to feel a deep interest in the ing at St. Vincent's, upon his way to this objects of our Institution; and some indiisland. It is said, that he brings with him viduals of high respectability among them, credentials and protection from Lord Ba- have already resolved to send their servants thurst, and that the Government here is in- to the colony. One of these has twenty structed to afford him security, civil and slaves, which it is his intention to send to military, upon his landing, his rebuilding the Liberia. chapel, and during his residence, and the performance of his duties here. On the
Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it other hand, .if expressions are indications of
after many days.--Eccl. xi. the temper, there appears a determined and obstinate intention of the inhabitants to pre
Some years ago one of the preachers of vent it. It is therefore to be supposed that
the Mohegan tribe of Indians, (which tribe there will be a great deal of disturbance;
is situated on the Thames, between Norwich the inhabitants seem determined that no mis
and New-London,) was preaching on the
above text. To illustrate his subject and sionary, especially of the class mentioned, shall be allowed to remain quietly.”
enforce the doctrine of Charity, he brought forward a circumstance that transpired in
his early days. To use his own language, AMERICA.
he observed—“ A certain man was going (From the New York Observer.)
from Norwich to New-London with a loaded
team, on attempting to ascend the bill where PENNSYLVANIA AND SLAVERY.
Indian lives, he found his team could not Resolutions have been adopted by the
draw his load, he came to Indian and got Senate of Pennsylvania, expressive of the
him to help him up with his oxen. After he opinion of the State, that slavery, being a had got up he asked Indian what was to pay. national evil, the people and the States of Indian told him to do as much for somebody the Union ought mutually to participate
else. Some time afterward, Indian wanted in the duty and burden of removing it, and
a canoe-he went up Shetucket river, found that the General Government ought, if prac- a tree and made him one. When he got it ticable, to adopt an efficient plan for its ge
done he could not get it to the river. ACneral abolition. Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Duncan,
cordingly he went to a man and offered him and Mr. Kelly, supported the resolutions,
all the money he had if he would go and and General Ogle, and Mr. Dunlop opposed draw it to the river for him. The man ohthem. I ll agreed that slavery was an evil served, he would go. After getting it to the and a crime; but it was said by Mr. Dunlop
river, Indian offered to pay him. No, said that this measure, while it would produce
the man; Dont you recollect so long ago no practical good, would irritate and inflame
helping a man up the bill by your house ? the minds of our Southern fellow citizens,
Yes. Well, I am the man—there, take and crea e in them a hostile feeling towards
your canoe and go home. So I find it after Pennsylvania, Mr. Hawkins said the mea
many days." sure was suggested to him by the great and
THE ADVANTAGES OF TEMPERANCE. good La Fayette, who, in conversation with
A blacksmith, in the city of Philadelphia, him, expressed his regret that slavery was still tolerated in the United States, and par
some forty years ago, was complaining to his
iron merchant that such was the scarcity of ticularly that Pennsylvania had not exerted
money that he could not pay his rent. The the influence which she had in the Union to
merchant then asked him how much rum he abolish it. The Senate rejected the reso, used in his family in the course of the day, lution requesting Congress to pass a law, with the consent of the slave-holding states, chant made a calculation, and showed him
Upon his answering this question, the mere declaring all children of slaves, born after that his rum amounted to more money in the the passage of the law, free at twenty-one
year than his house rent. The calculation yeargs of age, if they would consent to colo
so astonished the mechanic, that he deter nization, and providing for their support mined from that day to buy and drink na uptil that period by their masters.
spirits of any kind. In the course of the PROGRESS QF EMANCIPATION IN THE SOUTH, next ensuing year he paid his rent, and
Manumissions are now frequent in the baught a new suit of clothes ont of the seve Southern states, and the spirlt which prompte ings of his temperaco Herersisted in it
en is certainly becaullis widely dimensiongh tha seurao of Wallfe, and the consen Mr. Dickinson of Baltimore has liberated a quience way, competenoa and respostahlilis'
THE REV. JOHN LAWSON, lost and perishing sinners the glad tidings of
salvation, through a crucified Redeemer. Late Missionary at Calcutta.
The last moments of this interesting MisIt is with the deepest regret that we re
sionary were pre-eminently happy and tricord the death of this interesting and dis
umphant. The Rev.James Penney, in a letter to the Rev. Eustace Carey, says,
“ when I tinguished Missionary, who has laboured with much success, for the last sixteen years,
wrote last, I mentioned the alarming state in Calcutta. He was attached to the Bap
of dear Brother Lawson's health; he has tist Mission, in that quarter of the globe,
since, to use his own words, resembled a and was fitted for the work to which he had fading flower,' he might have said, a faded been called, by a rare combination of talents,
flower, scorehed by the sun, drenched by the to which were added a sweetness of temper
rain, and we appear now to be waiting for and a holy zeal for the extension of the Re
the next blast to blow it to the ground. I deemer's kingdom, which rendered him in
need not tell you that he is a flower to us, teresting, in the highest degree, to those
to the church, to his large family, and I who were privileged to be near him. It
trust to God. For after saying that he was appears, by the published proceedings of
a fading flower, be added, but I shall bloom the Baptist Missionary Society, that an ho
again. Through his a Miction, Mr. L. exnour was reserved for Mr. L. of the utmost
bibited much sweetness of temper. Nothing importance to the Mission. The first edi. like a murmur escaped him. You would tion of the Bible translated into Bengalee,
suppose that with such a family, he having extending to five huge volumes, which not
eight children, and expecting another daily, only rendered it inconvenient for general
he would be concerned and troubled to leave perusal, but extremely expensive, Mr. L.,
them ; but no, he seemed ready to commit on his arrival at Calcutta, immediately at
his children to a better father, and his wife tempted, by the construction of small
to a better husband. As yet, the Lord has moveable metal types, to bring it with
suffered no cloud to pass over his mind, no in the compass of one volume,-wbich gloom respecting the issue-all is calm-all task he speedily accomplished with equal
is well. I told him that I was writing skill and beauty. Dr. Marshman states,
to you, and asked him if he had any thing among the other advantages connected with
to say that I might inform you. He said, this important invention, that the Missionaries
with a faultering voice, · Tell Carey that I are now enabled to circulate 10,000 copies
am now passing through the valley of the of the Bible at the same expense as they
shadow of death, and that I have the preformerly could 4,000. It eppears that Mr. L.
sence and assistance of my Redeemer;' he was highly skilled in the arts of painting and
said · I have strength equal to my day,' and wood-engraving, by which he rendered many
then he would say, with a smile, Come, important services to the Mission. Of his su- Lord Jesus, now, gracious Saviour! let thy perior qualities as a poet, it is needless to say
servant depart in peace.' Brother Yates had more than that he possessed a bold imaginar ing of a most delightful nature ; he has
much conversation with Mr. L, this morntion, a vigorous and original conception, and
chosen, for his funeral sermon,
is a purity of sentiment which no Christian poet can exceed : while, at the same time,
faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptait may be safely affirmed, that all these en- tion,' &c. To see such a man die robs the dowments were scrupulously censecrated to tyrant of many a sting. We all think his the religion of the cross.*
state is enviable. Let me die the death of His manner as a preacher was peculiarly the righteous, and let my last end be like dignified, solemn, and affecting; his style
his.' Mr. Lawson spoke very affectionately was divested of all meretricious ornament,
to Paunchoo to-day; he said to him, · Broand he never allowed his imagination to hold
ther Paunchoo, I am going to Christ, whose the reins when he was communicating to gospel I have preached, and whose gospel
you have preached; we believe that the
everlasting righteousness of Christ can save • His poems were published in the fol- sinners.' Paunchoo wept and appeared lowing order ;-" The Maniac, with other much affected. If Brother Lawson is about poems; " " Orient Harping, a Desultory to leave us, how much his end resembles the Poem, in two parts ;” “ Woman in India, end of the patriarchs ! He has had some Part I., Female Influence ;” An Elegý thing to say to all. Brothers Warden and to the Rev. Henry Martyn;
» and lastly,
Gogerly kindly called to see him. I asked « The Lost Spirit."
him if he knew them ? he said, 'Yes;' and