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Denbighshire, (which institution was after. | think they were in the society of one so wards removed to Brecon,) with whom Miss near the confines of an eternal world. A A. resided until the period of his death, which strain of piety pervaded her discourse, occured at Newport, Monmouthshire, the especialiy on the goodness, mercy, and 11th of August, 1831; her excellent mother faithfulness of God, in the fulfilment of his having died on the 21st of January, 1818. promises. She was accustomed to speak of From that time down to her own departure, her departure with the greatest composure ; she dwelt in the family of her only brother, just as a person would do, about to take a the Rev. John Armitage, Oakhill, near Bath. journey in the present world. With perfect
During a painful and distressing illness calmness of spirit, she said to her brother of six months, she never murmured or re a month before her decease, “When I am pined at the Lord's dealing with her; was removed, you will no doubt think it your characterized by an entire resignation to the | duty to improve the event, for the benefit of will of her heavenly Father. In early life it the living. The words of the Psalmist and was her privilege to possess every religious the apostle, contained in Psa, xxiii. 6, and advantage, but continued unimpressed with Heb. iv. 9, is my dying experience and antidivine things, of a decided character, until cipation; from these passages endeavour to the year 1800. She then began to feel the offer a fer remarks." importance of personal piety, and, about An apparent alteration took place in her the year 1819, united herself to the church countenance on sabbath-day, the 20th of of Christ, and became a member at Hope June, which appeared to indicate speedy Chapel, Newport, under the pastoral care of dissolution; any symptom of approaching her esteemed step-father, Dr. Lewis. During death seemed to afford her pleasure. During the first stage of her illness, she appeared the day she became restless ; her friends much distressed in mind that she had not lived and dear relatives, were apprehensive she up to her privileges; often would she mourn could not survive the sabbath: her brother over her imperfections, and at times felt un. came to the bedside to take leave of her happy because she could not satisfactorily dis. | about six o'clock in the evening, (she had cover her personal interest in the Saviour. It forgotten it was the sabbath-day,) and said, was her happiness, as she approached the end “I am going to leave you for a short time.” of her earthly sojourn, that all doubt, fear, and with a degree of quickness, she replied, anxiety subsided. She was enabled willingly “Where are you going ?” He said, ** To to wait and welcome her Lord's pleasure, | chapel, to attend the evening service." She and, with composure of mind, hope for a | paused a second or two, stretched forth her glorious immortality. Frequently would she hand, clasping bis within her own, and with say, “ Yes, he is able and willing to save to peculiar emphasis gave utterance to ber the uttermost. Goodness and mercy have feelings: “Go; the Lord bless you and followed me all my days, and will be con make you a blessing ; tell the people now is tinued to the end." The beautiful stanza the time to repent, now the day of salva. by Cennick, dwelt upon her lips and heart : tion." On the following morning, at six
o'clock, a decided change for death took "Yet a season, and you know Happy entrance will be given,
place. She continued perfectly sensible. All your sorrows left below:
Her brother, his dear partner, and a Chris. And earth exchang'd for heaven." tian friend being near the bedside, she affecMiss A. baving a good voice for singing, she
tionately embraced them, saying, in a disdelighted in the exercise of praise. When
tinct voice, “I shall be satisfied when I able, she would with considerable feeling em.
awake with thy likeness," evidently having ploy the words of Dr. Watts :
on her mind the passage in Psa. xvii. 15.
In a few moments more, she fixed her eyes "Oh, the delights, the heavenly joys,
upwards, her countenance beaming with The glories of the place, Where Jesus sheds the brightest beams
heavenly delight, waving her arms as in an of his o'erflowing grace."
ecstacy; she endeavoured to speak, but could
not be understood ; and then, with a pleas. Also other verses, such as the following,- ing smile, gently fell asleep until the morn“ Jesus, lover of my soul," “ Jesus, I love ing of the resurrection, in her 71st year. thy charming name," "Oh, for a heart to The departed was not a subject of high praise my God."
joys, but had deep and impressive views of During her protracted sickness, the Lord religion, connected with a cheerful temperawas very gracious to her soul, in not allow. ture of mind, which characterized her gene. ing the enemy to harass or perplex ber | ral deportment, and, through divine grace, mind; this she esteemed a special favour was enabled to maintain a consistent confrom the hand of the Lord. It was a plea- versation before the world, and sustained sure to be in the room with, and to enjoy honourable membership in the church for her conversation. Being naturally of a lively twenty.eight years. Her mortal remains and cheerful disposition, friends could not were interred in the grave-yard adjoining
the Independent chapel, Oakhill, on Monday a month before her decease, alluded. to in morning, the 28th of June. The funeral ser- this notice. Truly it may be said of her vice was conducted by the Rev. J.C. Davies, now no more, her “end was perfect peace," of Wells. On the following Sabbath-even- and a satisfactory hope indulged, her happy ing, the solemn event was improved by her spirit has realized a completion of her last beloved brother, to a large and attentive ardent expression, “ I shall be satisfied when Congregation, from texts of Scripture named I awake with thy likeness."
THE CONGREGATIONAL LECTURE.
-New Testament Persons identified with THIRTEENTH SERIES.
Modern Bishops-Epaphras, Archippus, We announce with much pleasure that Epaphroditus, Sosthenes, Crescens, Apollos, the Congregational Lecture for the present Diotrephes, Timothy, Titus, James-Deayear will be delivered by the Rev. S. David. cons—Passages in the New Testament reson, LL.D., one of the tutors of the Lan. lating to them—Were they allowed to preach cashire Independent College, on the follow- and teach? Deaconesses Division of ing subject : “ The Ecclesiastical Polity of Elders into preaching and ruling-Examinthe New Testament unfolded, and its Points ation of the Passages supposed to show the of Coincidence or Antagonism with Prevail- distinction. ing Systems indicated."
Lecture IV. Election of Officers in the The first Lecture will be delivered at the early Churches-Passages relating to ElecCongregational Library, Blomfield-street, on tion-Examination of their import-Reason the evening of Tuesday, the 19th inst. why there is in the New Testament so little
The following is a syllabus of the course, direct proof in favour of Popular Electionwhich will consist of nine Lectures :
Objections to Election by the PeopleLecture 1. Introductory Remarks—the Practical Remarks. Views entertained among Christians of Ec. Lecture V. Ordination- What it does not clesiastical Polity classed under three heads mean—What it does signify-Why it should -first, that no one System is laid down in be continuedThe mode of it-The Person the New Testament, or is obligatory on or Persons who should Ordain-The Person Believers—secondly, that nothing is left to to be Ordained. Human Discretion, but that a Precise Model Lecture VI. The Power belonging to a is laid down-thirdly, that a Pattern is de. Church of Christ-Rights of the Peoplelineated in Outline-Examination of these What things are included in the Government three Opinions separately—The third ad- of Elders-Power of Discipline belongs to Tocated and defended-The Constitution of the Church together with its Rulers-Does Christian Churches was not borrowed from not belong exclusively to the Elders-Exthe Jewish Synagogue Observations on the amination of Objections-Power of binding View of Vitringa and others.
and loosing-of remitting and retaining sins Lecture II. Social Worship founded on -Power of the Keys- Recapitulation. the Constitution of Man-Duty and Advan- Lecture VII. Authoritative Courts of tages of Church Relationship-Two meanings Review-Alleged Scriptural Basis-Reaof the word écranoia, Church, as applied to sons adduced for supposing the narrative in Assemblies convened for Religious Purposes Acts xv. to be the model of a Synod or -The true Materials of a Church-Charac- Council-Refutation of them-Relation of teristics of a Scriptural Church-The Church Churches to one another-Two extremes to at Jerusalem, did it consist of more congre- be avoided-Different expedients for carrygations than one?—The condition of the ing out the Principle of Intercommunion of Church at Ephesus—The Church at Corinth Churches-American Modes of doing so. - Refutation of other meanings of the word Lecture VIII, Plurality of Elders in the Church-The number of Believers consti- Apostolic Churches-Reasons adduced for tuting a Church-General Positions on the supposing that there was not such an Instisubject of Churches.
tute Refutation of them - Advantages Lecture IIl. Office-bearers of a Church | arising from it - Early Rise of Episcopacyextraordinary-Apostles, Evangelists, Pro. The Churches not furnished with a supreme phets, and Teachers explained-ordinary, Bishop by the Apostles-Suggestions as to Bishops or Elders--Reasons for supposing a Plurality of Elders, and the mode in which these Officers to be Perpetual-- Angels of the they might harmoniously co-operate. seven Churches in Asia Minor not Diocesan Lecture IX. Review of the Principles Bishops—What is denoted by these Angels developed in the preceding Lectures--These
Principles constitute the Congregational educated in the institution and others. System-Advantages it possesses-Scrip. Essays were read by three of the students, turality -- Simplicity - Efficiency for the which were alike creditable to themselves Maintenance and Diffusion of Truth-For and honourable to the tutors who presided Preserving the Liberties of Christian Men- over the several departments of learning Tends to Prevent Clerical Ambition-Stim pursued in the College. The first essay, by ulates the Activity of Pastors--Promotes Mr. Chancellor, was entitled, “ Prayer the General Intelligence- Importance of sepa. | reasonable Duty of a Creature and the rating the Essentials from the Circumstan. | highest Privilege of a Christian;" the second, tials—The Congregational System adapted by Mr. Hebditch, was on “ The scriptural to all states of Society, especially to a Free Nature of the Death of Christ;" the third, Constitution-Examination of an assertion by Mr. Nicholson, exhibited “ The distinc. of Richard Watson respecting Church Go. | tive Features in the Character of Luther vernment–Some examples of things indif. and Melancthon, and their Influence on the ferent in the worship of God-Has a Church Affairs of the Reformation.” In the evening power to Decree Rites and Ceremonies -- a discourse was delivered by the Rev. J. A. Objections to Congregationalism answered James, at Claremont chapel, on 1 Cor. iii. Concluding Observations and Counsels. 5—7. The services of the day were highly
interesting, and gave great pleasure to the
numerous friends of the institution who NINTH AUTUMNAL MEETING OF THE CON
were assembled on the occasion. The only
circumstance which excited any regret was GREGATIONAL UNION OF ENGLAND AND
the financial statement of the treasurer, WALES.
which showed an excess of expenditure over This meeting will be held (D.v.) at York,
the income for the year, of 2111. 178. 8d., on the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th days of which, added to the deficiency of the preOctober. The session of Tuesday will be de vious year, makes the present amount of voted to a conference on the religious state debt to be 4871. lls. It is hoped the of our denomination ; of Wednesday, to a friends of the institution will generously consideration of the state of British mis
exert themselves to meet without delay this sions; of Thursday, to education. It is deficiency, and prevent the necessity of rehoped that the attendance will be large, and ducing the amount of funded property be. that the occasion will be refreshing.
queathed by the deceased friends of the College.
WHAT IS THE DUTY OF CHRISTIAN
CHURCHES IN REFERENCE TO JEWISH
That there are such, and brought within the action of our churches, the statements of the British Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Jews abundantly prove. They are young in the faith,-the subjects of severe privations, many of them possessed of qualities which, nourished by Christian wisdom and affection, may, by Divine grace, render them eminent in piety and valiant for the truth ; and all of them entitled to our kiodest consideration, as of the seed of Abraham, and children of the promise.
STRIKING LIKENESS OF DR. CHALMERS,
AS HE WAS FOUND IN THE ARMS OF
We have received a proof before the letters of this beautiful work of art, from the drawing of Mr. Ricbie, a sculptor of rising merit. It is an impressive memorial of one whose bodily frame peculiarly indicated the mental power with which it was allied. It is very rare to find death so perfectly die vested of all its gloom, as it is in this admirable sketch. No portrait taken from life could more perfectly realize our ideas and recollections of Dr. Chalmers. And yet the very fact that it represents him in the posture in which he breathed his last, in the absence of all the members of his family, invests it with an air of solemnity, which will tend to keep alive the impression of the public loss which the church has sustained by his death. The artist seems to have formed his conception upon a sentence in Mr. Bruce's funeral sermon for the deceased : “ In a season of perfect quiet and composure, he laid himself gently back upon the pillows, which were so placed as to elevate him nearly into a sitting posture ; his heavenly Master called, and he departed." We are happy to inform our readers that
HIGHBURY COLLEGE. The anniversary of this institution was held on Wednesday, the 14th of July. The general meeting of the subscribers and friends was conducted in the library of the College, at which the Rev. Dr. Leifchild presided. The report of the committee and of the examiners were presented, and gave great satisfaction to the meeting, which was far more numerously attended than for many years past, both by ministers who were
they may obtain these realizing memorials The recognition of the Rev. John Moss, as of one of the greatest and best men of his pastor of the Congregational church at Sandday, at the house of Messrs. Partridge and bach, took place April 14, 1847. Oakey, Paternoster-row.
Prayer and reading the Scriptures, Rev. J. Turner, of Knutsford ; introductory dis
course, Rev. Dr. Davidson, of the Lan. PROVINCIAL.
cashire College ; the Rev. J. Marshall, of Over, asked the usual questions, and re
ceived from the pastor, not only a confession HAMPSHIRE ASSOCIATION.
of faith, but his reasons for removing from The half-yearly meeting of this associa
his recent sphere of labour to that which he tion will be held at Southampton, in the
now occupies ; the Rev. D. E. Ford, of
Manchester, delivered the charge, and (in chapel, Above Bar, on Wednesday, the 20th of October.
the unavoidable absence of the Rev. J. As the association has been in existence Thornton, of Stockport, who was engaged fifty years, it is the intention of the associs for that part of the service) offered the deated churches to commemorate its jubilee. signatory prayer; the Rev. Dr. Raffles, of The Rev. James Bennett, D.D., of London, Liverpool, preached to the people. at whose ordination it originated, and who is the only surviving minister of those who formed it, has consented to preach on the INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, KINGSBRIDGE, occasion,
In the evening of the day, three addresses will be delivered; the first, by the Rev. W.
On Thursday, June the 17th, the Inde. Thorn, of Winchester, on "The Relative pendent chapel in this town was publicly Connection between Home and Foreign re-opened for the worship of God, after Missions ;" the second, by the Rev. Geo. having undergone considerable enlargement Jones, of Portsmouth, on The Working
and improvement. The engagements of the Church ;" and the third, on “ An Evan
day were of the most gratifying kind. Nearly gelical Itinerancy the best Patriotism."
twenty ministers, as well as a considerable The morning service will commence at
number of the leading members of churches elecen, and the evening at sir.
and congregations in the neighbouring towns, The Rev. Thomas Cousens, of Portsea, is
were present. When the isolated position expected to preach on Tuesday evening;
of Kingsbridge is taken into the account, and the Rev. Jobn Hunt, of Brixton, for
this assemblage will testify that a deep inmerly one of the secretaries of the associa
terest was felt in this movement. tion, will preside at the Lord's supper.
The Rev. James Sherman, of Surrey chapel, preached in the morning; the Rev. Wm. Spencer, of Princes-street, Devonport,
in the afternoon; and the Rev. S. Nicholson, RECOGNITIONS.
in the evening. The congregations were
great, and the services were enriched with The public recognition of the Rev. James a Divine unction. The morning sermon, Smith, as pastor of the church and congre- though occupying an hour and three quargation assembling at the new chapel, Hun- | ters, was listened to with devout attention ; don, Suffolk, took place on Tuesday, August the whole congregation were in tears ; for å 3rd, 1847.
short space the minister sat down to allow The introductory discourse, a clear and time for secret and unanimous prayer; and learned enunciation of the principles of non- all really seemed to pray. The afternoon conformity, was delivered by the Rev. Samuel and evening sermons were appropriate and Link Harris, of Clare; the questions were impressive. The Rev. Messrs. Hine, Tar. proposed with great affection by Rev. J. botton, Smith, Chater, &c., &c., conducted Johnstone, of Haverhill; the Rev. William the devotional services. Waliis, of Sudbury, with great solemnity, After the morning service about 100 mifervour, and appropriateness, offered the nisters and friends dined together, Richard designation prayer; the charge to the pastor, Peek, Esq., of Hazlewood-house, presiding. pointed, affectionate, displaying deep thought The meeting was addressed by the chairand extensive research, was delivered by man; then by the minister, the Rev. E. the Rev. J. C. Bodwell, M.A., Bury St. Newton, giving a financial statement, and Edmunds; the sermon to the people, pun- the bistory of the alteration, &c. The Rev. gent, faithful, and eloquent, setting forth William Tarbotton, of Totness, as the nearest the duties and obligations of their “bishop," neighbour of Mr. Newton, expressed his was preached by the Rev. Samuel Higgs, high gratification at the alteration effected ; of Sudbury. Neighbouring brethren kindly and the Rev. T. Stenner, of Dartmouth, took parts in the devotional services. avowed his entire concurrence in the ob
servations previously made, declaring his lege, also preached on the Monday evening. conviction that the enlargement and altera. After these services, which were pumerously tion were indispensibly necessary, and that attended, liberal collections were made. they were carried out at the suggestion and On Tuesday, the 16th, the Rey, Erastus under the countenance of all the neighbour. W. Hunt, late of Rotherham College, was ing ministers. The Rev. J. Sherman gave solemnly ordained to the pastorate over the the final address, urging the importance of people. The Rev. D. Senior, of Selby, read an early liquidation of the debt.
the Scriptures and offered prayer; the Rev. No one unacquainted with the chapel in | Dr. Dobbin, of Hull, preached the introits former state can form any idea of the ductory discourse; the Rev. H. L. Adams, effect which this improvement produces, Mr. Hunt's pastor, received the confession both as it regards the appearance and the of faith and offered the ordination prayer ; accommodation. It is very considerably the Rev. Professor Stowell gave the charge, enlarged, affording seat-room for 654 per. and, in the absence of the Rev. T. Stratten, sons, and is really a good chapel, reflecting of Hull, through illness, blended with it an great credit on the architect. The cost has address to the people. been 4561. ; one half of which the people, As this was the first ordination in this though poor, have pledged themselves to town, an unusual interest was excited, which raise, and they hope that their Christian we trust will be productive of much lasting friends will aid them in raising the other half.
The Rev. Thomas Nicholas, of Lancashire INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, GOOLE, YORKSHIRE.
Independent College, having accepted an The spacious Independent chapel in this unanimous and most cordial invitation to town was re-opened on Lord's.day, March become the pastor of the Congregational 14, 1847, when two sermons were preached church assembling in the Old Chapel, by the Rev. H. L. Adams, of Newark. The Stroud, Gloucestershire, entered upon his Rev. Professor Stowell, of Rotherham Col. | pastoral duties on the 15th of August.
tween light and darkness, holiness and sin, HARVEST.
from the creation to the consummation! It
is the world's history in a sentence! Every BY REV. W. LEASK.
kind of agency, and all action is presented at Times and seasons suggest moral lessons. a single glance-Divine and human, angelic The visible speaks of the unseen ; the phy and diabolic, and the field of conflict is "the sical, of the spiritual; time, of eternity. world." Astrology attempted to read the fortunes of It is true that the idea of subjugating the individuals in the “courses of the stars ;'. idolatrous nations of the earth to the an. but Christianity teaches us to read the roll thority of Christ, of inducing hundreds of ing year, and to predict the world's destiny: | millions of carnal minds to embrace a purely nay, it is predicted for us ; the issue is cer- spiritual religion, which declares uncomprotain ; the result is decreed. We cannot mising war against every sinful practice, alter it if we would, nor postpone for an affection, and thought, is one of the greatest hour the “ end determined." The spring that can be entertained by man ; but it is is over, the summer is past, and “He who not an idea of human origin. Were it so, giveth fruitful seasons" has sent us an whilst we should look upon it as the most abundant harvest. Jesus, the great Master glorious conception of human benevolence of impressive imagery, once seized on similar of which the world has ever heard, we facts, and presented them thus: “He that should at the same time be compelled to soweth the good seed is the Son of man; class it among wishes never to be realized, the field is the world ; the good seed are desires never to be gratified. It would over. the children of the kingdom; but the tares whelm by its vastness, and paralyze by its are the children of the wicked one; the impracticability. But, happily, the idea enemy that sowed them is the devil; the is of heavenly birth; it sprang into being at harvest is the end of the world; and the the throne of God; it is coeval with the reapers are the angels." What a conden- | covenant of grace. If so, the friends of sation of striking and beautiful thoughts is Christian missionaries and missionary work here! It is the epitome of the conflict be- have all the encouragement which they re