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weeks past. The Directors know, and the country. Under such a system, the effectual Constituency knows, what men they have teaching of Popery, Unitarianism, Judaism, got in their service, and a little wordy and everything else, would be a task enclamour, partaking obviously of personal forced by Government in certain of its pique, will not tempt them to part with schools, and the penalty awaiting those who them. To pay more, and get worse men, failed to inculcate the said errors would would surely be a refinement in folly. be the withdrawment of the Government
Dr. Reed's closing series of questions be- aid. speaks a sad animus. He tells the public Our respected friend, Sir Culling Eardley that he has satisfied himself “ with round Smith, has well exhibited this feature of the figures.” Ought any honest man to do this, Government Plan, in the following truly where the character of an individual or a enlightened observations : society may be at stake ? Exaggerations, “I have looked at it carefully," he misrepresentations, and loose statements, writes, (the Government Scheme.)" and are frightful things; and no protestations of the more I examine it the more I am purity of motive can render them even toler. persuaded that it strikes the axe-as far able, Dr. Reed may deceive himself; but as a Government plan can-at the root of he has sinned against his brethren, and vital religion. It puts all religions on a against the cause of Christ, and until he level,—not by taking cognizance of none, takes suitable steps to heal tbe breach he but by taking cognizance of all. It requires has made, the confidence of those who really that, in all schools aided by Government, know the merits of this case can never be religion shall be taught, but that religion restored.
is any religion, or all,-Unitarianism or Popery, Evangelism or Puseyism. You and I are to contribute to schools in which it is to be · certified by the managers,' that
the children are adepts in the arguments of In the March number of our Miscellany Priestley against the Divinity of Christ ! we expressed our determined hostility to You and I are to contribute to an Oscott, a any measure for National Education which Prior Park, or a Stoneyhurst, in which it is should be based on the “Minutes of the to be .certified by the managers,' that the Committee of Council on Education in scholars can disprove the right of private August and December, 1846." The reflec- judgment and the doctrine of justification tion and observation of another month have by faith alone. The Morning Post said, a only tended to confirm the adverse opinion few days ago, that seventy clergymen had we had formed, and to induce us to use all gone over to Popery within eighteen months. fair and constitutional means to resist the What is to hinder the Duke of Norfolk, progress of a measure fraught with incal. Lord Shrewsbury, the Petres, Jerninghams, culable mischief, both to liberty and religion. &c., setting up in London one of the best How the present Government, with Mr. schools in Great Britain, with the elite of Shuttleworih even behind the scenes, could these Oxford converts at its head? What imagine that the plausible delusion would is to binder Mr. Newman becoming the take, in the present enlightened state of principal of such an institution, surrounded public opinion on the subject of edu- by scholars like Dalgairns, Faber, Oakley, cation, we are utterly at a loss to con- &c.? If the (Romish) Bishop of London jecture; but this we are bold to affirm, were to require any one of these men to take that no proposition half so objection such a post, they must comply; and, supable has ever been made, by any minis- posing the principal to take only a dozen try in this country, in reference to the pupil apprentices, at the end of five years education of the people. If Dr. Hook, he would receive from Government alone, and men who think with him, will consent 2791. of your money and mine? to pay for all other religions, because they “ Surely, if the Dissenters are the worthy know that, in their circumstances, they will descendants of the Puritans, and if the get their own religion better paid than all evangelical clergy and people of the Estab. the rest, it does not follow that those of lished Church bave the cause of the Bible sterner principle (and we hope they are and of Protestantism at heart as much as I many) will readily consent to adopt a believe they have, neither party will ever principle so essentially vicious. It would allow this Minute of Council to become law. be wrong in Government to pay for the Submit to this scheme, and resistance to religious education of one sect, at the ex- the endowment of the Irish priesthood is at pense of every other sect; but it would be an end. Our arms are wrested out of our a still greater deviation from the right hands, and our arguments out of our course were it to undertake to certificate, or mouths. Let us once pay, with our eyes to get certificated, under plea of national open, a small body of priests to educate education, all the errors which exist in this children in England,-(not, we shall be
told, for the sake of the religion they teach, senters are deeply impressed with the unbut for the sake of the secular good to be constitutional and dangerous character of obtained in connection with the religious the measure to which Her Majesty's Ministeaching,)-and how can we resist, next ters have so seriously committed themyear, the payment of a large body of priests selves. We fear that the Committee of to educate adults in Ireland, with the very Council on Education," with its famous same pretext? We cannot; and therefore minutes, must change its present tack if it our watchword must be Principiis obsta! is not to become a serious element of strife We have an advantage now which we had and division in the country. not in the case of Maynooth. We have the whole plan before us in the shape of a Go. vernment minute, and we have a general election between us and the possibility of its becoming an act of Parliament. I can only say that you have my best wishes in
Some of our contemporaries have recently the movement you are commencing.
directed attention to the subject of Life wholly sympathise with the Dissenting view
Assurance. It is one that demands the that the scheme is tantamount to a new
serious consideration of the head of every Establishment. I sympathise with the con
family, and we tbink that but one result will stitutional view, that it is in point of patron
follow from such consideration. Were it age worse than Mr. Fox's India Bill. But, generally considered and acted upon, much above all, infinitely above all, I feel the
of the misery that exists around us would be
obviated. We know of no scene more argument which I have imperfectly stated, that it is a measure against all positive affictive than that of a destitute widow, religious truth, and therefore against the
surrounded by helpless children, whose Christianity of the Bible.
father brought them up in circumstances of “I know not whether the Congregational
comfort and respectability. Board will think it right to take any steps
Then, there is a great iinprovement in the for originating a general Christian move.
system of life assurance. Its advantages ment. I trust, however, that such a move
may now be derived through societies conment will be made, and that an opportunity
ducted on principles unquestionably entitled will be afforded to evangelical Churchmen
to the confidence of the public. One of to show how highly they prize the cause of
these has been brought under our notice Divine truth. I believe that, sooner than
recently, of which an advertisement appears see that truth undermined by our statesmen,
in this number of our Magazine, --The whatever may be their convictions in regard British Empire Mutual Life Assurto existing Establishments, the party to
Its tables, based upon which I have alluded are prepared to say,
calculations derived from the Government that there shall be no new meddling by
returns for the whole nation, are low as Government with the sacred interests of compared with other societies. It is a mutual religion,- -no new endowments of truth to
office, and therefore all the profits will be be purchased by a simultaneous encourage
divided among the assured, and its directors ment of error.'
and officers are names well known to us in We must regard the scheme as directly
connection with other institutions. These infidel, inasmuch as it treats all religions
circumstances seem to us to afford a guarantee
for its future success, or rather, a conas equally true and equally false; and as, indirectly, PoPish; for if it is suffered to
tinuance of its present success; for we are become a law, we cannot resist, the very
informed that the number of proposals at next session, a Popish parochial endowment
present sent in are unexampled in the early for Ireland.
history of Assurance Companies. The plan Dissenters are obviously shut up to one
of affording loans to the members on good course, viz., to resist, by all means in their security, we have no doubt, will be a boon power, this attempt, on the part of Govern- to many who could not hope upon other ment, to set up a new religious Establish
terms to secure to themselves a little inde. ment. Whatever hope might have been
pendence by purchasing their own houses, entertained by any of their number as to
or other property. These loans are to be the possibility of Government adopting any repaid by monthly instalments, a plan which plan to which they could have given their brings these advantages within the reach of sanction, that hope has now completely
a large class of persons who have been too vanished; and no time must be lost by them
long overlooked. We say, without hesitain expressing, by petitions and otherwise,
tion, that the plan of this Company comtheir strong and settled aversion to the
mends it to our approbation, and we recomproposed scheme. We are glad to find that
mend its prospectus to the careful attention our great towns and cities are all beginning
and the confidence of our readers. to move; and that many others beside Dis.
D&. CHALMERS AND THE FAMINE.
Suffolk, was publicly recognised as the pasIn a very able letter of Dr. Chalmers, tor of the Congregational church assembling which appeared in the Scottish Guardian,
in Whitefield Chapel, Charles-street, Long 00 Tuesday, 9th March, upon the subject Acre, London. of the present famine, in which he urges,
In the absence of the Rev. James Sherwith great force of argument, the necessity
man, who was prevented being present, of prompt and vigorous measures to relieve owing to family affliction, the Rev. J. C. the sufferings of the poor Highlanders, we
Harrison, of Park Chapel, read the Scriphare the following judicious observations :
tures and prayed. The Rev. Dr. Leifchild, " Before that we conclude let us offer of Craven Chapel, gave a concise and lucid one remark on these visitations regarded as
statement of Congregationalism, as it is judgments from Heaven. We hold it to be
found written in the New Testament. The extremely hazardous, nay, often presump- Rev. Samuel Martin, of Westminster Chatuous and unwarrantable in the highest pel, called on one of the deacons of the degree, to pronounce on the special delin
church to give an account of the steps quency that may have called forth some
which had led to their assembling on that temporal infliction in the form of a penalty occasion. In reply, Mr. Haggan read an inor cbastisement. But it is not unwarrant
teresting statement,including the correspon. able, nay, to us it seems consistent with the dence between them and their newly elected soundest and most enlightened piety, to pastor. Mr. Elrick gave an account of his deduce from such an event the very moral
reasons for accepting the invitation, and of which our Saviour himself propounded on
the manner in which he purposed to conthe fall of the tower in Siloam : unless we
duct bis future ministry. Mr. Elrick's rerepent we shall all likewise suffer-suffer, plies to the questions proposed to him were it may be, in like manner with our now
equally creditable to bis head and heart. famishing countrymen in the Highlands
The Rev. Thomas Lewis, of Islington, and Ireland. If the agonies and cries
offered a mostimpressive recognition prayer. of these dying creatures do not reach
The Rev. Thomas Adkins, of Southampton, our ears to the awakening of an effec
in his usual lucid and affectionate manner, tual compassion, it may be that they
delivered the charge, which was founded on will reach the ears of Him who sitteth
the words, Heb. xiii. 17, " They watch for above, to the effect of a fearful retribution
souls, as they that must give an account." upon ourselves. Even though our sub
The Rev. Jobn Robinson concluded with scriptions should be so enlarged as to place prayer. The other parts of the service were our own households on a somewhat shorter
conducted by Revs. J. A. Miller, J. W. allowance, this is no greater sacrifice than
Richardson, J. Kennedy, R. Machray, G. what the crisis seems imperiously to de
Rose. The chapel was well filled, and the mand. We believe in the special providence
services proved a devout and deeply interest. of God, and that it is now putting us to the
ing season to those who were there. test; and the lesson which it seems to be
After the morning service a large comgiving forth is, that we should spare, for
pany of the ministers and friends dined the relief of these sufferers, out of our com
together at the Freemasons' Tavern; the parative abundance, lest, in the re-action of
Rev. J. Elrick occupying the chair. After a similar calamity, some worse thing shall
which, they adjourned to the school-rooms befall us. He who hath all the powers and
connected with the chapel, where they took elements of nature at his command might
tea, and the meeting was addressed by stretch forth his hand on other crops of the
Josiah Conder, Esq., Rev. Drs. Morison earth, or the other forms of vegetation, so
and Carlile, on topics connected with the as to descend in successive blights on all prosperity of the church. the varieties of staple food in our land. It
In the evening, the Rev. J. A. Miller, of is thus that the cup of vengeance might
New Court Chapel, commenced by reading pass round over the whole of our British
The Rev. Dr. Morison, of territory; and it were well that we stood
Brompton, addressed the church in a very more in dread of such a consummation
faithful, feeling, and impressive manner, well, if, when these judgments are abroad
from Col. iv. 11, which was listened to over the face of our country, the inhabitants
by a deeply attentive congregation; and the thereof should learn righteousness-learn to
Rev. Dr. Legge, from China, concluded do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with prayer. The other parts of the evening with their God."
service were conducted by Revs. Dr. Carlile, T. Evans, of Shaftesbury, and J. Dickinson, of Hounslow.
There were between twenty-five and BECOGNITION OF REV. JOHN ELRICK, M.A.
thirty ministers present at these solemn On Thursday, the 11th of February, the and deeply interesting services. We found Rev. John Elrick, M.A., late of Sudbury, it both good and proñtable to be there, and
the presence of solarge a number of respected reducing a debt of nearly one thousand ministers and brethren from sister churches pounds, with which the Society was bure was considered a very high testimonial of dened at the commencement of that period. the esteem and affection entertained for the But now it is seen that these exertions were newly recognised pastor and his people. extraordinary and temporary ; the income We understand that Mr. Elrick has been of the Society falls back this year to its presented with a very handsome copy of former amount of about two thousand five Baxter's Pulpit Bible, elegantly bound hundred pounds; and it is a too hopeful in morocco, accompanied by an elegant estimate to expect that a new debl, to the pulpit Watts, and Congregational Hymn amount of five hundred pounds only, will be Book, with a suitable letter, from the mem- contracted this year. bers of the church and congregation.
And while support is thus withholden, It is gratifying to know that our young what is the aspect, what is the promise of brother has entered upon his new sphere of the work in the colonies ! Canada was labour under favourable circumstances, and never more inviting and encouraging, and has received already considerable encourage. five hundred pounds additional yearly exment to go forward in his arduous, but penditure would advance the cause there to delightful work.
great efficiency. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick present a field hardly less im
portant, and perhaps even more bopeful COLONIAL MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
than Canada itself. In every one of the
Australian colonies additional labours are Statements and Appeals.
most urgently needed. The state of this Society must be kept Then other parties are not supine, if we distinctly and prominently before the public Popery proper, and the highest of view. Its financial position, coupled with high churchism, are in emulous activity. the demand, the pressure upon it for ex
Sacramental religion is everywhere propatended operations, has brought it into very gated with successful zeal. Ecclesiastical serious difficulties.
pretensions are urged in their loftiest form ; The income of this Society ought to be and state establishments, patronage, and five thousand pounds per annum; that power, are put forth with energy, or insinuamount would be fully required to sustainated with craft. No effort is spared to the operations called for at the present prevent the colonies from being what their time. And the operations alluded to as very origin and constitution point out that now demanded, are of such a nature, that they ought to be--scenes of expansive relito neglect, or even to delay them, will be gious equality, and of pure evangelical grievously hurtful to the sacred cause of churches. evangelical truth and liberty in the colonies. Hitherto, the support of this most neces
A less income than three thousand five sary, most excellent Society, has been mainhundred pounds per annum will not effec- tained principally by a section of the Contually sustain the scale of operations already gregational body. Some few churches have undertaken-inadequate and contracted as been its constant and bountiful friends, that scale is.
Some few wealthy brethren have, with Now no one thoughtfully looking at the enlightened zeal, appreciated its importextent, importance, and prospects of the ance, and done nobly for its help. But British colonies, or considering how mo. it has not gained general support. Some mentous it is that they should be the scene powerful churches have never once contriof vigorous evangelical missions, will think buted. Many but rarely, and to but trifling even the larger of the two sums named amounts. This is what needs to be cor. more than the Congregational churches of rected. Let all unite, and the work will England should appropriate to that depart. | be easy, the funds ample, and the cause ment of their efforts for advancing the prosperous. Saviour's kingdom. As little would any one acquainted with the extent and resources of those churches judge them unable, by moderate exertions, in which all should It affords us much pleasure to announce to unite, to raise that larger income.
our readers, that the Rev. S. B. Bergne, of Yet what is the fact? The income of Lincoln, has received and accepted a very the Society does not exceed half that sum ! cordial invitation to become the successor It is ind-ed about two thousand five hun- of the Rev. John Clayton, A.M. We un. dred pounds annually. By strenuous urgency derstand that he intends entering on his of appeals, for the two years preceding the new and important charge on the last sab). present, about three thousand three bundred bath in April. Most fervently do we pray pounds were obtained for each of those that the Divine blessing may rest upon this years, and progress was thus made in auspicious union.
CHRISTIAN MUTUAL PROVIDENT SOCIETY. sanctuary took place. It was erected for The cordial approval and recommendation
the Congregational church wiich worshipwhich we gave in our March number to the
ped in Philipps-street, Kingsland-road, principles and plans of the Christian Mutual
and this spot was chosen on account of the Provident Society have been fully justified been recently erected around it. The senti
immense number of houses which had by the success which has already attended
ments of the founders of this place were its operation, and which demonstrates that the feeling of our friends is with us in the
those of Evangelical Dissenters; they repu.
diated all endowments, and all State interopinion that the Society is calculated to confer material advantages upon the mem
ference whatsoever; they viewed the Bible
as the only standard of truth and duty, bers of our churches and congregations, and
and the voluntary contributions of the others, and that its data having been tested by experience will fully secure the benefits people as the only legitimate revenue of the holden out.
church., The stone was laid by John Re. It cannot be too strongly borne in mind, mington Mills, Esq., Stamford-hill, in the that by the simple process of a branch, any
county of Middlesex. town or congregation may have a firm So.
" CLEMENT DURES, Pastor. ciety, even if its own members be small.
“RICHARD CHANDLER, Deacon. The augmenting strength which a branch affords to the entire Society is retained by
May the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ defend it." itself through the general affiliation which
In the evening upwards of two hundred pervades the whole.
of the friends took tea together, when a We have learned with great pleasure that since our March impression, besides the en
number of interesting and powerful adrolment of London members, branches have
dresses were delivered by the pastor and been formed at Sherborne, Stroud, Alton,
other ministers present, among whom were
Dr. Hewlett, and the Rev. Messrs. Aveling, Andover, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Wandsworth, with Battersea and Putney; and the
Wilkins, of Broad-street, Addiscott, of directors have applications before them for
Taunton, and Vardy; and the meeting
terminated with rejoicing to every heart, similar objects at Liverpool and other important towns. Thus has the Society a
that the day, long anticipated, had arrived,
when their desires to rear a new and large nucleus of influence which cannot but pro
sanctuary to their God should be commote its success and conduce to the ends
menced. The chapel is to seat 1,000 perfor which it was established.
sons, and will have excellent school-rooms attached; the chapel and schools, together,
measuring 102 feet, by 44 feet; and the MIDDLETON-ROAD CHAPEL, DALSTON, cost will be 2,7391., a noble enterprise LONDON.
entered upon by a small church and congreAn interesting service took place on the gation, which we trust will prove the effi2nd Feb., 1847, at Philipps-street chapel, ciency of the voluntary principle.- DonaKingsland-road, London, preparatory to tions towards this important object will laying the foundation-stone of the new be thankfully received by the Rev. C. Dukes, chapel, to be erected for the church and 5, De Beauvoir-square ; Mr. Chandler, 19, congregation under the pastoral care of the Mortimer-place; and at the bank of Roger Rev. Clement Dukes, A.M., at present wor- Cupliffe, Esq., 24, Bucklersbury. shipping in Philipps-street chapel, when an address was delivered by the Rev. J. Jef. ferson, of Stoke Newington, (in the absence
PROVINCIAL. of the Rev. Algernon Wells, of Clapton, who was prevented from fulfilling his engagements by illness,) and the devotional
INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, BUXTON,
DERBYSHIRE. services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Hall, of Cheshunt, Rev. Dr. Hewlett, Rev. Buxton is a place of resort to all classes Mr. Davis, of Homerton, and the Rev. T. in the summer season. Among the visitors Aveling, of Kingsland, after which the
every year are to be found many of the in. congregation adjourned to the site of the fluential members of our churches and con. new chapel, when the stone was laid by gregations. It is of importance that these J. R. Mills, Esq., who first placed in it a should have the means of religious worship sealed glass bottle, containing, on a parch- provided for them during their stay in the ment scroll, the following record of the place. There are in Buxton an Episcopal sentiments of the people for whom the church, a Wesleyan Methodist, a Primitive sanctuary is to be erected :
Methodist, a Unitarian, and an Independent “On the 2nd of February, 1847, the chapel. ceremony of laying the first stone of this The last-mentioned place is a neat and