WESLEYAN THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTION. W'E lay before our readers some ex diately after the close of the last Con. tracts from “the Report of the Theolo ference. gical Institution,” for 1843, just pub [After referring to the opening of the lished; but we earnestly recommend building, of which we have already given them to procure the Report itself, and to an account, the Report thus proceeds :-) read the whole, its various tabular state Connecting with this auspicious event, ments, as well as its introductory matter. the equally delightful and satisfactory -Edit.

conclusion of the arrangements some

time before completed at Didsbury, for THE Ninth Annual Report of the the Northern Branch of the Institution, Wesleyan Theological Institution is pre. the Committee would renew, with augsented to the subscribers and friends, by mented gratitude, the acknowledgments whose Christian zeal and liberality it has already made, in former Reports, of that been established and supported, under providential guidance and aid which circumstances which, whilst they call for have from the beginning marked the a devout and grateful acknowledgment history of this most interesting and imof what has already been accomplished, portant branch of our Connexional ecojustify, at the same time, the most cheer- nomy. Projected at the first, as it will ing expectations of the continued and now at least be generally admitted, upon progressive efficiency of those arrange the call of an imperious necessity, and at ments on which it may be now consi. a time when that necessity was almost dered to be somewhat definitively settled. universally acknowledged, the plan for

The two Branches, into which it has its establishment found a response in the been found expedient to divide it, are judgment and good feeling of our body, still, both as to their general object, and by which the Conference was at once the plan of management pursued in each encouraged to proceed to its adoption, of them respectively, as well as in regard of and thus begun to carry out, in ac, other circumstances, one and indivisible. that which our venerable Founder had With reference to many points, therefore, so long before avowed in principle, as to they may be spoken of asforming but one the importance of establishing a “SemiInstitution, and may be regarded as fur. nary for Labourers.” nishing, in their distinct operation under Of the Students who were in the Instione common system of support, and one tution at the date of the last Conference, common supervision and control, a farther six have received appointments to staillustration of the practical and advantage tions in Great Britain and Ireland, and ous application of that great connexional one to a foreign station ; three out of principle, to which Wesleyan Method the entire number having been three ism is so deeply indebted for the stability years, and the rest two


under and the efficiency of its numerous and instruction. diversified operations. But in making As to the general character and behaa Report of details it is necessary, on viour of the Students, and their profi. some points, to present each of the ciency in those branches of knowledge in Branches distinctly to attention.

which they have been instructed during With reference the Southern the past year, the following reports, from Branch, the Committee have the highest the Tutors, House-Governors, and Essatisfaction in recording, that after va. aminers, will be read with the highest rious changes and inconveniences result satisfaction. ing from the temporary and unavoidablyimperfect character of the arrangements

SOUTHERN BRANCH. made in former years for its acconimo The Rev. Thomas Jackson, the Thedation, it is now permanently established ological Tutor, reports as follows:at Richmond. The buildings mentioned “ As the Committee and the Conferin the last Report, as being in the course ence will justly expect to know what has of erection, have been completed in con been done, during the last twelve months, formity with the plan on which they in my department of service, I beg to were commenced, and were prepared for state, that, as soon as we were able to the reception of the entire establishment

enter upon our duties at Abney-House, I designed to occupy them, almost imme began the delivery of a course of lectures


on the leading doctrines of divine revela doctrines of the Connexion, it was deemtion, endeavouring to exhibit those doc ed of the first importance, that the Stutrines in their scriptural simplicity and dents should have a complete knowledge evidence ; at the same time, referring to of their contents. the principal controversies which have “ For the purpose of more fully exerbeen raised concerning them, at different cising the mental faculties of the Stuperiods of the church, and giving some dents, and of giving them a facility in account of the most distinguished writers, composition, as well as to ascertain their by whose Christian fidelity and sanctified progress in sound knowledge, each of scholarship error has been effectually re them has been required, about once a sisted, and the truth of God maintained. month, to furnish a written essay on This course we were unable to finish; some question of divinity which was and therefore intend to resume it, when given to them. These essays I have the Students shall re-assemble after the read immediately after they were deli. ensuing Conference.

vered, and have regularly made them the " In addition to the Theological subjects of remark, for the benefit of the course, strictly so called, I have also writers ; and I am bound to say, that in addressed to the Students a series of these compositions the steady improveLectures on Pastoral Theology, includ ment of most of the Students has been ing the various parts of public worship, equally manifest and gratifying. with suggestions for conducting it in the “ In conclusion, I feel it right that I most edifying manner; the administra- should bear testimony to the diligence tion of baptism, and the Lord's supper ; and docility of the Students. Their the attention which the Ministers of capacities and attainments are various ; Christ ought to pay to children and but, as far as I am able to judge, their young persons; the pastoral oversight of spirit is devout, and their application to the flock of Christ; visiting from house study assiduous and praise worthy." to house, with reference to the spiritual The Rev. John Farrar, the Classical benefit of the people ; the visitation of Tutor, reports :the sick; together with the public “ The Students admitted after the last preaching of God's own word. The Conference, have been principally emobject of these Lectures has been to ployed in the preparatory course, emshow what are the true characteristics of bracing English Grammar, Geography, evangelical and effective preaching, with History, Composition, Elocution, Ariththe nature and importance of those duties metic, and some branches of Physical which are comprehended in the pastoral Science. oversight of the church, including the “ We have had, in most cases, to dechildren of its members, whose gracious vote the greater part of the year to these right to spiritual blessings, and therefore subjects, in consequence of the lamentto religious training, has been recognised able absence of previous information. by their baptism in the name of the During a few of the last months of the Holy Trinity.

year, they have combined with their « That the Students might be tho English studies, attention to the Latin roughly grounded in the Doctrines of and Greek languages. In addition to Christianity, as held by the Methodist the Grammars, they have proceeded, in church, and expounded in the writings Greek, to the Testament, and, in Latin, of its Founder, we have carefully ex to Virgil's Eneid : in both they have amined together nearly the whole of Mr. made commendable proficiency. In NaWesley's first four volumes of Sermons tural Philosophy, they have gone through in order ; observing the arrangement of a course embracing the general outline each sermon, the subjects which it con of Mechanics, Hydraulics and Hydrotains, and the manner in which they are statics, Pneumatics, and Acoustics. Contreated ; at the same time pointing out sidering that the occupations of the young the circumstances under which the prin men prevented close mental application cipal sermons were written ; thus endea. prior to their admission to the Instituvouring to obtain an accurate and com tion, they have evinced great patience prehensive view of all that Mr. Wesley and perseverance; and, on the whole, taught concerning the Christian salva- have given satisfaction. tion, the way to obtain it, with the “ The other Students have been emvarious branches of Christian experience ployed in the following branches :and practice. As those volumes are 61. Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. mentioned in the Deeds of Methodist In Latin, they have read considerchapels, as constituting, with Mr. Wes able portions of Horace and Cicero. In ley's Notes on the New Testament, the Greck, several of St. Paul's Epistles,

and some parts of the Iliad. In Hebrew, them in this great work. The general they have proceeded with care through testimony respecting their labours is very Lee's Grammar, and have read several satisfactory : many instances have been chapters in the latter part of the Book of reported to us of persons awakened and Genesis. In addition to other important brought to the knowledge of the forgiveresults, their attention to these languages ness of sins through their instrument. has proved an excellent mental disci- ality. I believe there is, among them, a pline.

growing love to Methodism, and a very “ 2. The Philosophy of the Human strong and decided preference for its Mind.

economy and ecclesiastical order. “ A copious outline of the History of “ The health of the Students has been Philosophy has been furnished to the generally good. We have not had more Students; and they have attended about cases of sickness than might be expected twenty lectures in addition, embracing in so large a family, and have seldom the Intellectual States.

been compelled to call in medical aid. “ 3. In Logic, they have

gone through

“ Several of our Students are designed the greater part of Whately, and have for Missionary service; and it has been furnished, for examination, weekly syl our endeavour, as much as possible, to logistic exercises, which have been exe keep alive, and also to quicken, the cuted with a degree of accuracy scarcely flame of love to the souls of the Heathen. to be expected, considering the small Two of our number, in April last, at the portion of time which can be devoted to call of the Missionary Secretaries, cheerthis subject, consistently with the claims fully embarked for Western Africa." of other branches of learning.

[The Report then states, that the re“ 4. In the Mathematics, they have gular annual examinations had been conread Euclid, and are able to solve, in ducted, in the Theological department, Algebra, Simple Equations. Some other by the Rev. Messrs Scoti and Beecham, departments have not been overlooked. and in that of “the various branches of

is in the review of the year, I see general Literature which have engaged cause for gratitude and encouragement. the attention of the Students during the The application and teachableness of the past year,” by the Rev. John S. Stamp. Students have been generally satisfactory, The reports of the Examiners, which are and their proficiency has been apparent. given at full length, are very pleasing, The toils and anxieties incident to the and honourable alike to the instructers office of Tutor have been considerably and to the instructed. The Report then alleviated, by the dutiful and affectionate proceeds to them) conduct of the young men, and by the patient temper they have evinced in the

NORTHERN BRANCH. prosecution of their literary labours." The Rev. Dr. Hannah, the Theolo

Mr. Farrar then adds, with respect to gical Tutor, reports as follows :the general character and behaviour of “ The course of our studies this year the Students :

has comprised, “ With regard to the spiritual deport “1. Lectures on the Evidences and ment, and to the general conduct, of the Doctrines of Christianity, extending to Students, I can report favourably. In between seventy and eighty, and adthe family, and in their intercourse with dressed to the Students of the first year, each other, their behaviour has been twenty-seven in number. characterized by kindness and courtesy. II. Readings in the Greek New I hope they have been materially aided Testament, with a design to promote a in the cultivation of habitual personal knowledge of the principles and rules of piety. The meetings for religious con biblical interpretation. These readings versation and prayer have been regularly have been carried regularly through the held, and have been times of refreshing Epistle to the Hebrews, and the First from the presence of the Lord. Making Epistle to Timothy; and they have been due allowance for varieties of temper, attended by all the Students who were and considering the danger arising from able to read the Greek Testament with a daily familiar intercourse with each other, sufficient degree of facility. I believe they have been making pro “III. Twenty or thirty Lectures on ficiency both in experimental and practi the general study of Ecclesiastical Hiscal godliness. We have been greatly tory, and Lectures on different texts of indebted, during the year, to the Minis- holy Scripture. These have been adters of the City-Road Circuit, who have dressed to the Students of the second regularly heard the Students preach, and

and third years. have kindly admonished and encouraged “ IV. Expository Lectures on the

first six chapters of the Epistle to the say, that, in my humble judgment, conHebrews, delivered on Monday evenings siderable progress has been made in this to all the Students.

most happy study; and our expectation * Of the deportment of the Students is, that, during the next year, we shall in their attendance on his instructions, have a large class successfully pursuing the Theological Tutor can speak with a higher walk of biblical learning." unfeigned satisfaction. They have been The House-Governor reports : punctual, attentive, and affectionately “ It is my privilege gratefully to redocile. Some of them yet labour under port, that the past year has presented, in coosiderable disadvantages, arising from no ordinary degree, very gratifying indi. the defects of their early training ; but it cations of the blessing of Almighty God. is confidently hoped, that, by the bless. Entire holiness, as taught in holy Scriping of Almighty God, most of them will, ture, and embodied in Wesleyan theology, in due course of time, become able and has been, amongst the Students, the obfaithful Ministers of the New Testament. ject of earnest desire and prayer ; and, Their circumspect and consistent beha. while holding communion one with anviour has produced a favourable impress other, in our blessed weekly classsion on the village and neighbourhood; meelings, some of them have been enand their public labours have been at abled to enter into the holiest through tended with a very encouraging measure the blood of Jesus,' and all have felt in of success.

greater measure the efficacy of the blood The Rev. W. L. Thornton, the Clas of sprinkling.' The effect of these seasical Tutor, reports :

sons of refreshing has been the more * Our studies, during the last year, abundant manifestation of the fruits of have been pursued, in the main, on the the Spirit, in the most delightful harplans adopted at Hoxton, and rather mony of feeling amongst themselves, and minately reported to this Committee in conscientious satisfactory observance of Joly, 1842. In a few respects, those all family regulations; in self-denying plans have been modified ; and a little efforts for the glory of God, and the sal. longer experience has aided us in their vation of souls ; in increasingly earnest, more successful application ; but from simple, and evangelical preaching; in the outline of our former engagements visiting, at their own houses, the sick, there has been no important deviation. and the neglecters of public worship, for

“ Twenty-seven of our thirty-six Stu which purpose they have originated a dents having been admitted after the plan for the division of the surrounding last Conference, much of our duty has neighbourhood into districts, to be visited been of a preparatory character. But I by them during the hours of recreation. am bappy to state, that the conscientious I trust I do pot exceed the bounds of industry, the docility, and the visible propriety in saying, that their labours advancement of the numerous classes, have been blessed in the adjoining Cir. have recompensed even the least inviting cuits: the review of the Sabbath has of the labours bestowed. Of these seldom failed to furnish motives for graclasses, three have been engaged in titude to God, in the awakening or conGreek, and three in Latin ; two in Eng version of sinners.” lish Grammar and Composition; one in (The reports of the annual examinaLogic; and one in Moral Philosophy. tions of the Students at Didsbury—signed Mr. Woolmer's assiduous and well- respectively, “ Joseph Taylor, James requited care has been directed to His Dixon,” and “John Lomas, William tory, Geography, the Mathematics, and Grear”. not less satisfactory in Physical Science.

themselves, nor less honourable to the « In some of our departments, we parties concerned, than those at Richhave felt the want of an adequate library. mond. This subject is respectfully urged on the [The following are the concluding Committee's attention.

paragraphs of the Report :-) “ The most gratifying feature of the There are at present in the Institution year's improvement, and one to which seventy-six Students, of whom eleven reference is made with devout thankful have entered on their third year, and ness, is, a marked anxiety, on the part of thirty-seven on their second : the rest many Students, for an accurate and cri have been admitted since the last Contical knowledge of the Scriptures in their ference. Twenty-one of the entire numsacred originals. To this great attain. ber are already engaged as candidates ment we have striven to render our mis- for service on Foreign stations. cellaneous readings tributary. For the The state of the finances, though Committee's satisfaction, I feel bound to cheering for the present, as compared


with the sosato di years, is yet increase of expend tare .ll be fully and far fran being such as to warrant the regjizriy her by the required increase of enclucet, liat we have actuazily reached income. The case is therefore earnestly the annual a funt of tegiar contribu. cols.ended to the attention, not only of tims already necessary to captain the the present subscribers, but of all the Institution in its present scale, the smail merabers of our societies and congregasurplus income of the last year taring tions who are interested in the object, aren from the payment of £1,492. 196. and have the ability of contributing to lid., under the bead of “ interent from its support. the Treasurer of the Centerary Fund." In conclusion, the Committee earrestly The Wesleyan body being now deci comspend the Theological Institution to rively committed to the support, in pere the prayers, as well as to the liberality, petuity, of a Theological Institution, and of the Connexion in general, that those the prompective need of the Connexion who are concerned in its direction and being such as will very probably require management may be divinely assisted an increase in the number of students, and prospered in their work, and that provision must of necessity be trade to the individuals under instruction may go render the amount of annual contribu. forth in due season, so as to approve tions such as will not only meet the pre themselves "workmen that need not to sent annual demand upon the Treasurer, be ashamed, rightly dividing the word but also constitute a practical and intelli- of truth.” gible pledge, that, in future years, the


The Committee to whom, under the former methods of relieving distressed direction of the Conference, is delegated chapels, was the result of the deliberathe superintendence and management of tions of a large Committee of Ministers, the chapel affairs of the Wesleyan Con. Trustees, and other friends to Methodism, nexion, present to the subscribers to the from different parts of the kingdom, who General Chapel-Fund their Twenty- assembled in Leeds to consider various fifth Report, with feelings of devout plans and suggestions for securing more gratitude to Almighty God, by whose certain and effectual help to Trustees, prospering blessing they have been en and that without the serious evils of the abled to accomplish, to so great an ex. former system.

The present scheme of tent, the designs of this noble institution. equalizing the burden, and determining

Having arrived at the close of the by the deliberations of a Committee the first quarter of a century since the estab amount to be apportioned to each case lishment of this important Fund, this from a common Fund, was hailed with will not be deemed an unsuitable time grateful joy. It received the warm apfor reviewing its history ; especially as it probation, and the hearty and enlightened in in contemplation to make some changes support, of the most eminent Ministers in the designation and object of the Fund and laymen in the Connexion. at the ensuing Conference.

At first the sole advantage of the Fund Within fifteen years from the commence consisted in grants to distressed chapels ment of the Methodist itinerancy, the debts towards their annual deficiencies; but it upon chapels were found to be a great bur was soon found that this was not effectual den and hinderance to the cause of God. relief. In 1823, it was therefore deterIt was therefore proposed, in 1749, to raise mined that a portion of the income of the a General Fund, the first object of which Chapel-Fund should be devoted to assistwas to afford relief to distressed chapels. ing the efforts of Trustees for the liquiIt was the anxious wish of Mr. Wesley dation of principal in a few of the worst that all the chapels should be free from cases, and the remainder, as usual, todebt, and that the proceeds, afier deduct wards meeting annual deficiencies. In ing the necessary expenses, should be 1827, the first Loan Fund was establishkiven to the support of the ministry ; but ed; £5,000 being thus taken up, to be he could not prevent the increase of cha- repaid from the General Chapel-Fund in pel debus, either by precautions or dis five years. This new effort met with so cipline. And the evil increased from the much approval in the Connexion geneperiod of Mr. Wesley's death until the rally, that the subscriptions, &c., were inregulations of 1818, and the establish creased L2,200 in one year. A second ment of the Chapel. Fund.

Loan of £6,000 was taken up in 1829. This invaluable improvement upon the For a few years after the establishnient

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