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larger amount of preaching from the difficult. On the one hand, they Itinerant Ministers.
are importuned by those who are eager When the General Chapel-Fund was to have a place of worship in their own established, in 1818, it was seen to be locality, or in their zeal are willing to absolutely necessary that some rigorous hope it may be perfectly safe to enlarge measures should be adopted for prevent their present chapel ; and, on the other, ing in future the evils of embarrass. they have a duty to discharge to the ments which it required so great efforts Conference and the Connexion, in enden. to ameliorate. A Chapel-Building Com vouring to prevent the embarrassments mittee was again appointed; but the which have so often overtaken our TrusReports of this Fund show that the tees. They are sorry to say, that in remedy has not been effectual and com some instances, where the imprudence is plete, although it is gratefully acknow- glaring, the friends have determined to ledged that the arduous labours of this build; but the Committee can only say Committee have been the means of pre as before, “ We are not answerable for venting an immense accumulation of the consequences.” evils from imprudent building. Many Since the publication of the last Rejust and sufficient reasons might be port, fifty-eight applications have been given for the embarrassments of chapels made for leave to build, three to pure wherein the conditions of the Committee chase, and sixteen for permission to enhave been exactly complied with; such large, chapels ; forty-seven of the for. as the decay of trade, the decrease of the mer, and the whole of the latter, classes population, the removal of some princi- received the sanction of the Committee. pal supporters of the cause, &c. But The estimated cost was £20,020 ; the the Committee are constrained to remark, amount required to be raised by subthat the increased experience of every scriptions, £13,380 ; leaving debts to succeeding year convinces them that a the amount of £6,640. The income large proportion of those embarrassments expected is £1,090 per annum. From arise from not duly estimating the entire this statement it will appear that it is cost; departing from the original plan of proposed to raise, on the average, nearly building; not keeping down the final two-thirds of the intended cost; and debt to the proportions which the Com- that the anticipated income is more than mittee, from their extensive knowledge, fifteen per cent. upon the remaining have ascertained to be necessary, and debt; and it is demonstrable that less which the Conference has enjoined as the than this will not be sufficient to prevent rule; attaching to the chapel dwelling embarrassment. houses, the rental of which has so de It is gratefully acknowledged, that creased as to make them a burden to the this is a considerable improvement upon Trust; or from the neglect of Trustees, the state of things as they existed some in not examining annually the financial years ago ; but there must be some destate of the Trust, and increasing the duction from these prospective and geneordinary means of improving the reve ral statements when we take the facts of nue, or making early extraordinary the case. The Report of last year states, efforts to reduce the principal. The that out of ninety-eight cases from which most important point is that which returns had been received, in oply thirty. comes under the superintendence of the four had the terms proposed been kept ; Building Committee; and on their vigi and that, in the remaining sixty-four, lance and the increased attention paid by the excess of debt amounted to £9,000, the General Committee in reviewing -in many cases without a correspondent their labours at every Conference, and increase of income. This year returns their faithfulness in reporting those Super have been received from sixty-nine chaintendents who violate the rules and regu. pels, as having been completed last year ; lations for building chapels, the welfare and in only twenty were the conditions of the Connexion, in this department, sanctioned by the Committee strictly mainly depends. Experience has shown complied with. In a few, the present that Mr. Wesley's rule of subscribing additional income is in adequate proportwo-thirds of the cost of a chapel, is the tion to the additional outlay ; in some, only safe method ; and one-half of the the excess of expenditure is not great ; money is now required to be lodged in a but, upon the whole, the debt upon these bank before the building is commenced. chapels is £2,886 beyond the amount
During the past year, the Building allowed by the Committee; while the Committee have endeavoured to fulfil amount of income is only about eight their trust. They feel their position per cent. upon this additional debt. If often to be peculiarly painful and to these facts be added the consideration,
that in almost all cases we have the most whelming embarrassment. To the Trus. advantageous view of the question, the tees of the five hundred and ninety-three Committee cannot but entertain very chapels which have received Grants for serious apprehensions in reference to a the liquidation of principal, the appeal great number of the chapels which have of the Committee rests, not upon mere been built even within a few years. mercy and benevolence, but upon justice Many are known to be already in diffi. and fidelity. They are bound to act cult circumstances; and it is obviously connexionally, who have so largely benethe duty of the Building and the General fited by the Scripture rule,—“ Bear ye Committees to exercise the most faithful one another's burdens.” And they are vigilance; and, no doubt, the Confer under a solemn pledge, as a condition of ence will see it needful to use the power their Grant, “ to contribute, at least, one they possess, in the exercise of discipline guinea annually to the General Chapel. in flagrant cases of transgression. The Fund,” Many have forgotten their en“ rigorous investigation” required by gagements, and the Committee beg rethe Conference to be made into these spectfully and earnestly to remind them matters at the District-Meetings, is not of their pledge. less needed now than in former years ; The interests of this Fund are once and gross neglect, unfaithfulness, or mis. more committed to the good feeling and management, must be report in their liberality of the Wesleyan Connexion ; minutes.
and the Committee trust that those noble It is obvious that there remains yet and disinterested individuals who have much to be done by the Chapel-Fund; become Trustees of our chapels, and and it will still require the liberal sup have been overtaken by unavoidable port of the Connexion. To the Trustees occasions of embarrassment, will always of chapels in comfortable circumstances, find a sympathetic response to their apthe appeal is strong, to help the brethren peals, through this channel, for encouwho are in distress, and to relieve the ragement and help. cause of Christ from oppressive and over
STATE OF RELIGION IN GERMANY.
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM THE
REV. DR. BARTH TO THE REV.
Through the kindness of the truly reverend Dr. Steinkopff, we are enabled to lay before our readers the following valuable and cheering communications. The Doctor transmits them in the hope Calu, IVürtemberg, Sept. 1st, 1843. that they may promote among the read. Our Bible and Missionary festivals ers of the Wesleyan Magazine “ a spirit have been attended with a signal blessof Christian sympathy towards their ing. The Bible-Society Meeting com. continental fellow-Christians and fellow. menced at nine o'clock in the morning Protestants, now engaged in a severe of the 24th of August. It was held in conflict with the adherents of infidelity, the cathedral church of the capital, and the friends of superstilion.” We trust (Stuttgard,) which was crowded. The they will have this effect. Just such a uni- Very Rev. Dean Gerock opened the proon of infidelity and superstition, strength. ceedings with an introductory address ened by the adherence of latitudinarians,
He was followed by a who regard with indifference all religious country Clergyman, the Rev. Mr. Wolf
, truth, except that which is distinctly who in an interesting speech referred to evangelical, and that is the object of the pleasing fact, that in all the Protesttheir undisguised hatred and scorn,—the ant schools of the kingdom of Würtemfriends of spiritual religion behold in berg, the Bible is used as the principal England. “ These shall make war on book of religious instruction. Another the Lamb ;” and the season of conflict parish Minister from the country recan scarcely be other than a season of ported the progress of the Bible cause in darkness and distress. But the issue is the principality of Hohenlohe. A pub. certain,“the Lamb shall
lic distribution of Bibles and Testathem : for he is King of Kings, and ments then took place. The Rev. Mr. Lord of Lords : and they that are with Sigel, Chaplain to the garrison of Stutthim are called, and chosen, and faith- gard, read a Report of the transactions ful.”_EDIT.
of the Würtemberg Bible Society during the past year; and the Very Rev. Dean
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM
Kapff concluded with an address and whole congregation is assembled toge.
EXTRACT FROM A PERIODICAL PUB-
1 THE thedral was still more crowded than in the morning; so much so, that hundreds
ADVERTISER.” could not find access. Between four
Breslar, August 5th, 1843. and five thousand persons are said to It contains an address, delivered at a have assembled on this solemn occasion. large assembly of Protestant Clergymen, The Rev. Mr. Clemm, the Rector of convened at Gnadenburg, near Bunzlau, the cathedral, offered up the introduc- from which the following passages are lory prayer. I then endeavoured to translated : give, in the concisest manner, a compre
“ Among the signs and symptoms hensive view of the Missionary opera
which mark our period, as one of spitions now carrying on in different parts ritual revival, I notice only a few. The of the world. After an address delivered very question so generally now proposed, by a country Clergyman, a Missionary What is the church ?"'is an infallible from India, the Rev. Mr. Sutter dwelt sign, that the church is awakening to a upon that important field Missionary conscious sense of its momentous design, operations ; and the Rev. Mr. Hoff. and vast importance. This is intimately mann, Inspector of the Bâsle Seminary, connected with the re-kindling of a live closed the solemnities of the day with ing faith. A long season of apathy prea survey of the African Missions, and ceded; but, blessed be God, it is now with prayer. The impression was deep passed over. Faith is reviving, and a and general. The collection at the fresh effusion of the Holy Spirit manidoors amounted to 946 dorins (about fests itself. Among the Clergy and the £80).
laity, among the Preachers and hearers
philosophers, among lawyers and mili-
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“At such a period of revival of truə on its behalf; but when they saw hun. religion, a strong conflict between light dreds from other parishes Rocking to and darkness, between belief and unbe. the Meeting, which had been appointed lief, could not but be expected. Light to be held in their town, they attended and darkness, faith and infidelity, must also ; and such an evident blessing counteract each other. Seasons of ease accompanied the solemnities of that and tranquillity are indeed more pleasant; Meeting, that a sacred flame of zeal was but they are not always conducive to the kindled, and loud praises were given promotion of the best and truest interests to the Lord for his gracious presence of the church of Christ, Stagnant there so evidently manifested. Among waters soon get into a state of putrefac the company present, was a poor sickly tion. Let us, therefore, bless God, that woman, who felt the deepest concern such a conflict is going on; for in this that she had not even a farthing, to very conflict we have an additional sign, present it as a free-will offering to the and sure pledge, of a revival having Lord ; and she prayed earnestly that it actually taken place.”
might please him to enable her to offer, if it were ever so small a mite. Coming
home, some benevolent friend slipped a REV, MR. KUNTZE, ONE OF
silver groschen into her hand, with which CLERGYMEN
she immediately returned to the place BERLIN
of the Meeting, filled with gratitude October 24th, 1843. for this answer to her prayer. A schools A spiritual life is kindling among master brought from his village a conour Clergymen, and among their parishi. tribution of twenty rix-dollars, two of oners, in a greater degree than before. which had been the produce of the I had informed you in a former letter, active exertions of the children of a that the parishioners of one of our poor day-labourer, who gathered wood. largest parishes, which contained a popu. berries and sold them. A remarkable lation of thirty thousand people, with awakening lately took place in a Pomeone single church, had determined im- ranian village. A pious young Clergy, mediately to open a subscription among man had faithfully preached the Gospel themselves, in order to collect the need there, without perceiving any visible ful funds for building another church. blessing of his labours. Thus he went Meeting as they did with much en on for five successive years ; when it couragement, the resident inhabitants at length pleased God to call two of of two other parishes have adopted the his Churchwardens and his Clerk to a resolution to follow so good an example, saving knowledge of the “truth as it is and have also begun to make collections in Jesus." These three converts united for building two additional churches. together in their endeavours to comThe King supports them by his sanc municate the blessing, which they them. tion and his generous contributions. selves had experienced, to their neighThe number of Missionary Associations bours and friends ; and out of two-andis also increasing ; and they operate in twenty farmers, no less than seventeen, a beneficial manner both upon the Clergy with their wives, children, and servants, and the people. They determined mu turned to the Lord, Still more, the tually to assist each other, and to hold sacred flame spread to the neighbouring public meetings, sometimes in one town, parishes; so much so, that this devoted sometimes in another. In a certain young Clergyman was surrounded the town of the Lower-Mark district, the whole day, from morning to evening, people had been indifferent to the Mis- with anxious inquirers for the truth. sion cause, and scarcely done any thing
METHODIST FAST-DAY. *** The next Quarterly Day of Fasting and Prayer for the Melhodist Societies, according to the Rules of the Connexion, will be Friday, March 29th, 1844.
Nov. 2d, 1843.-At Malham, in the Skipton Circuit, Mrs. Anu Lawson, aged eighty-one. She had been a meinber of the Wesleyan society for nearly forty years; a kind and steady sapporter of the cause of religion, from the time of her conversion to her decease; and departed this life in the triumpla of faith, and in the peace of the Gospel.
the skill of the most eminent Physicians to remove. She could not converse much ; nevertheless, she rested upon the atoneinent of Christ, and had delightful disclosures of the blessedness of the saints departed. Under the pressure of unmitigated pain, she gradually sank; until, without a sigh or a groan, she sweetly fell asleep in the Lord.
Dec. 10ch.-At Lillle- Moss, aged thirty-five, Dec. 18th.--At Sunderland, aged seventyAnn, wife of Mr. Whiteburst, and daughter of three, Mr. Robert Stephenson, father of the the late c. Barlow, Esq., of Primrose-Vale, Rev. John and Thomas Stephenson, Wesleyan Congleton. Early in life she was convinced of Ministers. He was a man of great piety, and ber sinful state, joined the Wesleyan society, constant in his attendance on the ordinances of and soon afterwards obtained a sense of the re religion. He was much respected, and had the inission of sin, by faith in the merits of Christ. unlimited confidence of all with whom he was From that time, to the period of her dissolution, connected in business. Death came upon him she adomed her Christian profession, was truly suddenly; but he was not unprepared. He was huinble, was ever ready to esteem others better present at the usual services in the chapel on the than herself, and possessed much of that love Sabbath-day. After he had supped, apparently wiich thinketh no evil. During her last afflic. in good health, he read the Scriptures, and ention, which was short, but severe, she was gaged in prayer : he retired to his chamber, and divinely supported. A short time before her in the morning was found lifeless. He slept in departure, she said to the writer, “ All is well: Jesus.
W. D. G. Christ is precious."
Dec. 20tb.-Near Ellingshall- Road, in the Dec. 14th.--At Apley, in the Horncastle Cir Wolverhampton Circuit, Mr. Thomas Wilkes. cuit, Mrs. Rebecca Cocking, mother of the Rev. He was brought to a sense of his guilt and danThomas Cocking, in the eightieth year of her ger about thirty-nine years ago, under the
About twenty years ago, the village in preaching of a Clergyman of the Church of Engwhich she resided was visited by the Methodists, land, at Darlaston. He soon joined our society and a number of persons were brought to feel at Ettingshall-Road, where his heart was gratheir need of personal religion; they were forined dually opened to the receptiou of Christ; but his into a society, and Mrs. Cocking thankfully actual introduction to peace through believing united herself to it. Soon after, through the occurred in his chamber, while engaged in secret spirit of persecution, they were prevented from prayer. Having been himself converted, he behaving their meetings in the accustomed place; came concerned for the eternal safety of his felbut a good man, whose house was about a mile low-men; but the department in which he was distant, and just out of the parish, opened his most useful was that of a Missionary Collector. door to receive them. Here Mrs. Cocking and He was thus diligently employed for upwards of those who had not been scattered by the storm eighteen years; and that with such success, as continued to meet. About three years ago, an to present to the parent Society nearly £385, attack of paralysis confined her to her house; collected chiefly by pennies weekly. The lowest but she was very graciously supported to the amount which he collected, in any one of those last; and enabled to say, not long before she years, was upwards of £11; but in another year died, “ ] feel Jesus to be precious. The Lord he obtained more than £50. Taking, however, has fardoned all my sins. I am going to heaven. the average of his success, it amounted to more Glory, glory!"
T. C. than £21 per annum. Two years since, while
actually engaged in his favourite work, he was Dec. 18th.–At Southwark, in the Fourth Lon seized with paralysis, and with difficulty reached don Circuit, Kezia, the beloved wife of Mr. H. home. Here he afterwards had a second attack, B. Clark, aged forty-seven. About seven years which deprived him of the use of his right side, ago she was brought under the influence of God's and obliged him to take to his bed, where he resaving grace; and rested not until she expe mained till death released him from his suffer. rienced “ redemption in the blood of Christ, ings. During the whole of his long aftliction, even the forgiveness of sins.” From that time his experience was marked by an humble but she honoured Christ by a consistent deportment. happy confidence in the great Atonement; and She felt much for the conversion of her family; he departed with a joyful hope of immortality, and this desire of her heart was granted. She aged seventy-five.
A. B. was truly humble, and cheerful without levity. Her greatest pleasure was to minister to the Dec. 20th.--At Banwell, Mrs. Wilcox, the necessity of saints; while towards the Ministers wife of Mr. George W. Wilcox, builder. For of the Lord Jesus she cherished unfeigned es many years she had beeu a valued member of teem, honouring those who were over her in the the Wesleyan society, a benefactress to the poor, Lord. The affliction which terminated in her and an active promoter of every good work. death was sudden in its attack, and beyond She bore her last affliction with great equani