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ing, and to establish them where they have not hitherto been formed. Your Committee hope much from this arrangement.
The Magazine has appeared in a new form and with an additional name. It was thought by your Committee that the addition of the Free Church of England Magazine to that of the Harbinger of the late Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion would more fully express the present aggressive movement of the body, while the retention of the previous designation would show to its subscribers that it had undergone no change, either in its substance orits object.
The Commitee have felt much pleasure in being able to meet the several applications made towards assisting ministers in educating their children. In this respect the Educational Society has proved of great service, and deserves the liberal support both of our ministers and their congregations.
The sale of the Hymn-book continues to increase, and, for the accommodation of several fresh congregations, it has also been published specially as the “Hymn-book of the Free Church of England.”
The aspect of the times, especially in reference to the spread of Ritualism in this country, seems to call very loudly for help in endeavouring to suppress this wide-spreading heresy. The order of worship adopted by this body seems especially suited to the times which are passing over us. With Romanism on the one hand and Ritualism on the other, there is evidently rising up in our midst a strong and powerful foe to Protestantism. Both these systems are opposed to the Bible. With them it is the form, ours must be the power; their reliance is an arm of flesh, ours must be the living God. But for this conflict we need earnest-minded men-men of faith, men of prayer, men of God. These, and such as these only, we desire to send forth, especially in those districts which are afflicted with this spiritual leprosy. Funds are needed for this enterprise, and the Committee earnestly appeal to the churches for help, and your Committee would direct special attention to the formation of the Guarantee and Sustentation Fund in connexion with the Free Church of England. The rapid rise of Romish principles and practices, and the consequent defection from Protestant truth, have become patent to all men. It has therefore become a matter of very grave inquiry to the Committee, in view of “the great door and effectual” that is opening to them from various parts of the country, how they can best fulfil their mission as the representatives of a Christian body at this critical and important crisis.
It ill becomes the representatives and successors of the Countess of Huntingdon to be restrained in their efforts or crippled
in their resources. At this moment there is not only a special need for the Free Church of England, but a loud and wide-spread call for it. Let us arise and come to the help of the Lord, the help of the Lord against the mighty.
IN MEMORIAM. BATH.—Died, June 12, 1867, W. H. PIERPOINT, Esq., aged eighty
He was for thirty years a Manager of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, on the Vineyards. To a very superior mind, in him, was united great amiability of disposition. He was converted at the early age of seventeen, and maintained, by the grace of God, a course of consistent piety during the protracted period of seventy-one years. He peacefully departed this life in the faith and hope of the Gospel. “ Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” He was for many years a Town Councillor and Alderman of the city of Bath, and was held in the highest esteem by the whole city.
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The District Meeting will be held in St. Mark's Chapel, Waterloo, October 23, 1867.
J. TROTTER, Secretary.
LETTERS TO THE COUNTESS OF HUNTINGDON FROM
THE REV. JOHN FLETCHER. (FIRST PRESIDENT OF OUR COLLEGE, AND VICAR OF MADELEY, SHROPSHIRE.)
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Madeley, 10th September, 1763. Madam,—I have waited in vain for an opening of Providence to mix my tears of sorrowful joy with those which the Lord's late dispensations have made flow from your Ladyship's eyes. I am so tied at present to my parish, so close beset with open wolves, or wolves in sheep's clothing, and so out of the reach of helping friends, that my desire of waiting upon your Ladyship must be turned into an act of resignation.
Blessed be God for giving us the unspeakable satisfaction to see Lady Selina* safely landed, and out of the reach of vanity. This is mercy rejoicing over judgment of a truth. This is an answer to the blood of Jesus and prayers.
This is an earnest of what the Lord will do for my Lord in his time.
The Gospel of Christ maintains, and I hope gets a little ground in my parish, notwithstanding the general opposition made against it by all the gentry, and by the rabble, who have thirty ale-houses to drown their convictions in. To the great offence of bigoted people, I preach every morning to the colliers of Madeley Wood, a place that can vie with Kingswood for wildness, and I hope in some measure for reformation.
Lady Selina Hastings was the youngest of seven children, four sons and three daughters ; and was one of the six Earls' daughters who assisted the Princess Augusta in supporting the train of Queen Charlotte at her coronation, on the 22nd September, 1761. She was to have been married with the consent of the Countess her mother, and her brother Francis, Earl of Huntingdon, to her relative, Colonel George Hastings, son of Henry Lord Hastings, as he was called by courtesy on account of his affinity to the then bachelor Earl.
The following interesting account of the illness and death of Lady Selina was drawn up by the Countess herself ; it is copied from a paper in her own handwriting, and affords an affecting evidence of her piety and resignation :
“It pleased our dear God and only Saviour to take from me, May 12, 1763, at three-quarters after four in the morning, my dearest, my altogether lovely child and daughter, Lady Selina Hastings, the desire of my eyes and continual pleasure of my heart. On the 26th of April she was taken ill of a fever, which lasted obstinate till the 17th day from the time it began. On her going to bed she said she should never rise from it more ; and from all she said to me through her illness, it was evident that she continued satisfied she could not live. She said she did not begin to think about death then, and that she had no desire to liye, 'Therefore, my dear mother, why not now? The Lord can make me ready for himself in a moment, and if I live longer I may not be better prepared; I am a poor creature—I can do nothing myself—I only hope you will be supported.' She often desired me to pray for her, and with great earnestness accompanied me. And at one time she called me and said, “My dearest mother, come and lie doror by me, and let my heart be laid close to yours, and then I shall get rest.' She
As to myself, I still hunger and thirst after righteousness, and in some measure taste the sweetness of it, blessed be God; but am still far from being filled-nevertheless this, through mercy, I do: leaving the things that are behind, I press by the actings of faith towards the prize of my high calling in Jesus, if happily I may attain it, and lose myself, my burdensome self, in the abyss of the Saviour's love. Oh, what depths of Satan do I see in the world, and in that little world of iniquity my heart; and yet, thanks be to Christ, my faith fails not. I believe that even this death shall be swallowed up of life.
Come, my Lady, let us travel on, sticking close to our heavenly Guide; let us keep a hold of the hem of His garment, by firmly believing the arms of His wise providence and everlasting love are underneath us. Let us hasten to our friends in light; and while we thus stand still, we shall see the salvation-the great salvation of our God. He that cometh will come, and will not tarry; even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly, and let us all be lost together in Thy love and praise !
Mr. Sellon* favoured me with a visit some weeks ago, and we poured out our souls together with joy for your Ladyship.
often called on the Lord Jesus to have mercy on her, and complained of her impatience, though no one ever heard a complaint pass her lips, notwithstanding her sufferings were very great. I said she was blessed with patience ; she replied, "Oh, no!' with some tears. During the last four days these sentences at times fell from her, Jesus, teach me! Jesus wash me, cleanse me, and purify me!' Lying quiet, she said. I wo angels were beckoning her, and she must go, but could not get up the ladder.' Another time she said, “I am as happy as my heart can desire to be!' The day before her death, I came to her and asked if she knew me. She answered, “My dearest mother. I then asked if her heart was happy. She replied, 'I now well understand you ; ' and raising her head from the pillow, added, 'I am happy, very, very happy!' and then put out her lips to kiss me. directions to her servant, Catherine Spooner, about the disposal of some rings, observing that she mentioned it to her, lest it should shock her dear mother to tell her. She often said, “To be resigned to God's will was all, and that she had no hope of salvation but in the mercy of Jesus Christ alone.' Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”
* Rev. Walter Sellon, a person of obscure origin, who, through self-culture, became an accomplished divine. He had formerly been a Methodist preacher, and the Master of Kingswood School ; but on the recommendation of Lady Huntingdon, obtained Episcopal ordination. He was a staunch friend of Mr. Wesley, and took a prominent part in the controversy of 1770. He was confessedly a theological writer of considerable merit, and wielded a sword which was of keen edge from the hilt to the point.
Through the influence of the Huntingdon family, he obtained the curacy of Breedon and Smisby, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and was frequently visited by the most distinguished celebrities of the eighteenth century, who preached in his pulpit.
About the year 1770 Mr. Sellon left Breedon, having been presented by one of the Ladies Hastings to the living of Ledsham, Yorkshire. Ledstone Hall, in the