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the faithful labours of their pastor, the On Monday evening, the Preparatory MeetRev. James Smith, and on their own ex- ing for Prayer will be held. ertions in the Sabbath - schools, in the In the forenoons of Tuesday, Wednesday, systematic distribution and loan of tracts, and Thursday, Meetings for Conference will and in the visitation of the sick, they trust be held. The Chair to be taken by the Rer. that this densely populated neighbourhood John Kelly, of Liverpool, at half past nine will yet, for some years longer, have the o'clock, precisely. The Conference on Wednesbenefit of the gospel fully and freely preached day morning will be devoted to a consideration in its midst, and brought home to the hearts of the subject of the Congregational Board of of many now living without God and without Education on Voluntary Principles, and its hope.
claims on the support of our churches. The prayers and sympathies of those who On Tuesday evening, a Public Meeting in anxiously care for the souls of the perishing, favour of British Missions will be held. are earnestly solicited, and their occasional On Wednesday evening, a Public Meeting attendance on the public services would will be held for the Illustration and Enforceencourage.
ment of Congregational Principles, in con
nection with the Union. THE SABBATH A FRIEND.
On Thursday evening, the Annual Sermon 1. To Education. Compare countries with, will be preached by the Rev. Dr. Raffles, of and without the Sabbath. Its ministrations
All brethren intending to be present on powerfully quicken and invigorate the human intellect, while a vast amount of knowledge this occasion, and desiring hospitable reception,
are requested to inform the Rev. Edmund T. is communicated.
2. To Government. Where are the honoured Prust, Northampton, of their intention. Sabbath and despotism co-existent? It shows the nature of human rights-adapts laws to
WILLIAM S. PALMER, Secretaries
. actual wants and circumstances of man
ORDINATION SERVICES. creates a conscience that sustains laws, and qualifies men to make, as well as obey, laws.
WENDOVER, BUCKS. 3. To Health. By promoting cleanliness
On Wednesday, the 23rd ult., Mr. J.T. by furnishing needful rest for body and mind Bartram, late of the City Mission, was pub- by promoting cheerfulness and elasticity of licly set apart to the work of the ministry
, spirits, through its power to produce a peace
at the Independent Chapel, Wendover, Bucks, ful conscience—by its subduing influence given him a cordial and unanimous invitation
the church assembling at that place having over the hateful passions of men.
4. To Good Morals. By keeping in sight to become its pastor. Several ministers and the character of God by unfolding the claims friends dined together at the residence of the of His holy law, by creating a distaste for late pastor, Rev. H. T. Holmes; and a tesunlawful pleasures — by creating a public meeting was held in the school-room, st sentiment that frowns upon immorality-and, which about 130 friends attended. In the through that sentiment, causing wise and
afternoon the service was opened by Rev. effectual laws for the suppression of vice and Robert Ann, of Marsh Gibbon; Rev.W. Gates,
of Aylesbury, then delivered a very able dis5. To Piety. By causing a right view of course on “ The Nature and Design of a God to prevail-by constantly pouring on
Gospel Church;” the usual questions were men's minds those great elements of piety, asked by Rev. R. Ann, and the ordination the divine truths of revelation- by thus gene Wingrave; the charge was delivered by Rev.
prayer offered by Rev. Thomas Aston, of rating all right affections toward God and man-by shadowing forth and pointing men
R. S. Short, of Retford, Notts; and the conto the Sabbath of heaven, the rest that re
cluding prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Avery, maineth for the people of God.
of Aston Clinton. In the evening the service Therefore the Sabbath is the friend of the H. F. Holmes (who had been for eleven years
was opened by Rev. R. S. Short, and the Rev. nation, the family—every man's friend, and never fails to repay true and devoted friend- the pastor of the church), delivered an excelship for it with the most precious blessings for lent discourse to the people. The attendance time and eternity- The Christian Treasury.
was good, and a very solemn and devotional feeling seemed to pervade the auditory.
CONGREGATIONAL UNION OF ENGLAND AND
On Wednesday, July 2nd, Mr. Daniel
Smith, LL.B., was ordained to the pastoral The Thirteenth Autumnal Meeting of the office in connexion with the Independent Union will be held in Northampton, on Mon Church, Whitehaven. day, the 13th of October next, and three The Rev. Francis Watts, Theological Profollowing days.
fessor, Spring Hill College, delivered the in
troductory discourse; the usual questions | Building statement when it came out, but had were asked, and the ordination prayer offered forgotten it; yet I have no excuse to pleado by the Rev. Robert Aspinal, Colne.
In this case I am glad I was mistaken, and I The Rev. Watson Smith, Wolverhampton, hope “ Middlesex" will forgive me. delivered an eloquent and impressive charge My friend C. F. V., who wrote the gentle to the newly ordained minister, and in the reproof in the August Magazine, will please evening the Rev. Archibald Jack, North to accept my love and thanks. Shields, preached an eminently practical and I can only hope that this blunder will give powerful discourse to the church. The min- greater publicity to the noble fact that, “the enisters of the town, of all denominations of tire number of chapels in London, built, buildDissenters, were present, and most of the ing, or projected, during the last three years, ministers of the county. The Rev. P. H. amounts to at least twenty; the united cost of Davison, Cockermouth; Barker, Maryport; which cannot be estimated at a much smaller Perfect, Aspatria; Evans, Ulverston; took amount than a hundred thousand pounds. part in the ordination services.
PROSPERITY AT HOME.
THE REV. JAMES READ, Chester, 4th August, 1851. Late of the Western College, Plymouth, DEAR MR. EDITOR, — The man who entered on his duties as the pastor of the makes a mistake as to the number of chapels Independent Church in Chard-street, Axbuilt by our body in one year, when he has minster, on the 10th of this month, August, “ The Congregational Year Book” in his pos- with promising prospects of success, the sucsession, can plead no excuse.
cessor of the Rev. Richard Penman. I have that book, and read the Chapel
honoured institutions, customs, and liabits, are BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF tottering in the presence of a new and un
THE GOSPEL AMONG THE JEWS, CRESCENT wonted light, which is bursting upon them PLACE, BLACKFRIARS.
from quarters which have hitherto had no EXTRACT of a Letter to the Editor, from the access to them; all this, and more, must needs Rev. P. E. Gottheil, a Missionary of the above exert a great influence on the Jewish mind. Society:
As an instance of the change which that mind “ The object of my writing these lines, is is undergoing, I can here only mention one to draw the attention of the readers of the or two facts. Perhaps few of the Christian EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE to a certainly not friends are aware of the great abhorrence in uninteresting field of labour, and, if possi. which, for centuries past, the very name of ble, to enlist their sympathies and prayerful Christ was held amongst the Jews. It is not exertions on behalf of that field-I mean the more than half a century ago, that no Jews Jews residing in the south of Germany - dared so much as to take the name of Jesus especially in the kingdoms of Bavaria and into their mouths ; they were even prohibited Wurtemberg. They amount, in the first from ever allowing it to cross their minds. On kingdom, to sixty thousand, and in the second passing a church, they dared not look at it, not about ten thousand. The British Society for enter it, not cast an eye on the cross at the top the Propagation of the Gospel among the of a steeple; to touch or look at a New TestaJews, has had the privilege of opening the ment, study the language of the Gentiles, or Missionary field in the kingdom of Bavaria, imitate their manners and habits. Such and and hns intrusted me with the charge over similar things were the views of the Jew the many thousands of my kinsmen according then. What are they now? Not only is the to the flesh residing in that kingdom, that, name of Jesus getting daily more familiarized by my humble labours, and the blessing of to their minds: they do not object to read God resting on them, some of them, at least, the New Testament, were it only to find in it might be brought to the knowledge of the some discrepancies, either in history or doctruth, and thus become also my brethren in trine, wlierewith to combat against the preachthe gospel.
ing of the gospel; and along with this, there “ The state of the Jews in those parts is of is no more an objection amongst them to go the utmost interest ;-I should say that it is into a Christian church, nor to converse with in a state of transition, of ferment: old no- a Christian. A thousand different circumtions, old prejudices, which have been handed stances, now-a-days, tend to bring Jew and down from generations past, are losing their | Gentile closer to each other; and in proporhold on the mind, and giving way ; time- tion as predilections wear away, and false im
pressions are removed, the path of duty is | History is read and studied by the Jew, and clearly seen by the Gentile. I am confident in it the faithful record of Christ's life and that the way will be smoothed, and the time death, and may be (if the book be based on arrive, when both Jew and Gentile will be Christian principle), also his resurrection. made one in the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor is How much all this must tell on the Jewish it a small thing to hear-as I have heard it-mind is evident. And it is the observation a Jew, distinguished for learning and piety, of all concerned, that there is a shaking and enlarge on the warmth, the fervour, and the
& wavering in the Jewish mind, that the zeal that pervade the words of Paul, and of things of old are losing their hold, and that the affectionate love, and noble, unsurpassed thereby a vacuum is created, as well as a benevolence which mark the character of desire to fill it up. And this, sir, is the point Christ; to extol the conduct of a consistent which, at this time, I should like to impresa Christian, and deplore that so few who bear on the readers of the EVANGELICAL MAGAthe name of Christ, do glorify his naine by ZINE. There is a desire to have that vacuum their lives; to see another diligently perusing filled up, to have something new, in place of the New Testament, not for the purpose of the old things which are vanishing. And it arguing against it, but for the purpose of ex- is with the Christian to see it rightly supposing the fallacies and the unscriptural cha- plied, to see the new train of thought directed racter of Romanism; and, again, another be into the proper channel ; and if the Christian traying in his preachings plainly enough that should not do it, why, the world is ready to he has our Lord's Sermon on the Mount do the work for him, in a way of her own, pretty well by heart—and the great moral but not for the good of the wavering and lessons set forth there are, indeed, worthy of parched soul! This, sir, is no surmise, but : all acceptance, and deserve to be practised. reality and a fact. The world has already
" It would be easy for me to multiply these taken hold of that mind, and turned it to its facts, as they come out in different shapes purposes, because the church has not been and on different occasions. How much, for alive to her duty, nor on the look-out for the instance, is done by the influence of Christian children which the Lord bad prepared unto schools and seminaries, which are now at- her. Hitherto, it may be said, the Lord has tended by many young from among the been working, for he has rolled out here one Jews,- a thing also unheard of before. I and there another from among the Jews; and myself have had the joy of hearing the voices many of those rescued souls have proved a of the dear little ones, mingling in the praises blessing to the church, and an ornament to to Jesus sung by their Gentile fellow-pupils, the cause of Christ. join it with all their hearts, evidently de- * But I must not extend this letter to s lighted to be permitted to do as their little much greater length. I could have menfellows from the Christians did! And how tioned many other facts, but reserve them for much can be done, and, I trust, in some cases a future letter, in case the readers of the is done, by Christian teachers on behalf of EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE should take an youths more advanced in years and under- interest in the cause as a whole, and in the standing! The Christian teacher-if he is locality in which it has pleased God to place such in truth-will make every single sub- me as an humble labourer in his vineyard. ject he handles subservient to the furtherance "Meanwhile, and in conclusion, let me of the gospel, and to the glory of God. He remind evangelical Christians, that all Mishas thus much, very much, given into his sionary labour is not as effectual as it might hands; and who can tell the result, but God ? be, if accompanied by the prayers of the
“ I was speaking before of the Jewish mind people of God. I have often felt this when being familiarized with gospel truths. I might abroad, and surrounded by difficulties; and I have said more ; it is being familiarized with have felt comforted in the idea, that whatever the fact of Christ having, in reality, been in come to pass, prayer and intercession is made existence; of his having taught and worked for me by the brethren. If the Lord is thus miracles, and at last died on the cross. I enlisted on my side, who or what can hurt ine! must again remind the reader, that ever since " Oh! that a larger measure of prayer were these events (of Christ's living, &c.) took poured out on behalf of the ancient people of place, they have been either entirely nega- God! It would, I am sure, in return, prore tived by the Jews, or distorted in such a
to many Christians, aye, to many churches, manner as almost to make it impossible for as life from the dead! Pray for the peace them to be recognized. Such was the state of Jerusalem--they shall prosper that love of opinion even in my own dear parents' time. thee! How different is it now! There is no doubt
“ Believe me, dear sir, now entertained as to the truth of the facts of “ In the bonds of Christian fellowship, the gospel record; they are spoken of as facts,
“ Truly yours, and they are felt to be facts, stubborn
PAUL E. GOTTHEIL." things,' -— difficult to be contended against.
LONSDALE. This locality has been the scene of Missionary labour since the year 1832. The late venerable John Wray, deeply deploring the neglected condition of the coloured people of the District,—then in a state of slavery,—sought the means of extending to them the blessings of Christian instruction; and, with that view, obtained a grant of land from the proprietors of the Lonsdale Estate, for the erection of a chapel. The proprietors of surrounding estates, and other benevolent individuals, subscribed liberally towards the building, which was opened for Divine worship by Mr. Wray and Mr. Scott, now of the Demerara Mission, on the second Sabbath of December, in the year above named. On the 26th of the same month, when the slaves had a holiday, Mr. Wray preached t8 & large congregation, and on that occasion wrote as follows :"It is pleasing to see them leave their African dances, and other vanities, to come and hear the Word of God with seriousness and attention.”
To the benevolent and Christian mind, it cannot but be a subject of grateful reflection that, within a few years after, the entire coloured population of the West Indies, subject to British influence, were released from their bondage, and invested with many political and social rights
. The manner in which this great event was celebrated at Lonsdale, is thus noticed in the records of the Mission for the year 1838:
* At no station was the career of freedom commenced in a more devout and grateful spirit than among the liberated population of Lonsdale and its outposts. Half an hour before the midnight preceding the 1st of August, the chapel was filled to excess, and those few last moments of the old era, with the first half hour of the pew, were employed in rendering thanks to God for mercies received, and praying for his blessing on the glorious event. These interesting services were resumed at an early hour of day, and as the sun arose on the people, then assembled for the first time beneath its light in a state of freedom, they were unitedly engaged in singing the hymp,
? The year of Jubilee is come!' "In the middle of the day, a meeting for the worship of God was again held, and Mr. Forward preaches to a crowded congregation. At the conclusion of the service & subscription was commenced, to assist in sending the Gospel to Africa, and the amount soon increased to 500 guilders. Including the other contributions at the station, the whole amount in the past year has been nat less than £375 sterling.
The first resident Missionary appointed to Lonsdale was the Rev. Jas. Mirams, who entered upon his labours in 1833.
On his removal, he was succeeded, in 1836, by the Rev. Giles Forward, upon whose