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is at hand. Work the work of God while to plead, to persevere, and the great design it is day; the night cometh when you can- is accomplished. not work.
The following is the covenant into which We believe that much of the good which we, one hundred Bethel Captains, have has lately been effected among our brethren, solemnly entered; and to which, through is the result of fervent intercessions in their promised aid, we purpose to adhere :behalf at the throne of grace. Therefore 1. That we most cordially approve of the we say to you, bear them, o, bear them on constitution and objects of the British and the arms of faith--plead for them-con- Foreign Sailors' Society, and are prepared tinue to plead till thousands and thousands to give it our support and co-operation. more are brought to Christ, and made the II. That more effectually to accomplish monuments of his richest grace!
the great end of the salvation of seamen, we Christian pastors ! bring, we pray you, declare our willingness to embrace every the claims of seamen before your respective suitable opportunity of directing their attencongregations; impress on their minds, tion to the things which belong to their that on the salvation of sailors depends the peace, whether on sea or on shore, and salvation of the whole world ; that their ob- uniting with the Society's agents in their ligations as Christians to redeeming grace various services. can never be discharged till they have put III. That since we possess acknowledged forth their best efforts for the spiritual wel. influence over our own crews in particular, fare of seamen.
and seamen in general, we consider ourChristians! you
responsible for selves called to special exertion among what you possess—responsible for what you them, and, therefore, are anxious to lend do-responsible for what you fail to do. our best energies and influence to promote We charge it on your consciences that the their welfare : and under the conviction salvation of seamen is committed to you by that we are responsible not only for our own God himself-that from this duty you can souls, but for the souls of our crews, we never be released ; and that a spirit of purpose, by the grace of God, to follow apathy or neglect may involve the most whatsoever things are true, whatsoever tremendous consequences--their blood may things are honest, whatsoever things are be required at your hands-their condem- just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever nation may be charged to your account. things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
Brethren! we have spoken out of the good report, and thus set before them an fulness of our hearts—we have expressed example of faith and holiness. ourselves with great plainness of speech- IV. That being impressed with the value we have given utterance to our feelings and and efficacy of prayer, and that some of the our solicitude, as in the sight of God. O, most important promises and prophecies bear with us! We are pleading for our stand connected with the abundance of the brethren-our kinsmen according to the sea being converted to our blessed Reflesh-we shall soon be called to render our deemer, we pledge ourselves daily to interfinal account-we must soon meet there at cede with God for the salvation of our seathe judgment-seat. There is no time to men and the still greater success of the delay. While we delay they are passing to Society. eternity—they are perishing! Great God ! Signed on behalf of the one hundred, how can we be cold, or indifferent, or in
Captain H. Hudson. active ? Now is the time ; yes, the time
J. GOODCHILD. has come to favour seamen, and if the pas
J. MARLEE. tors and churches of this land will but take
J, SLIGHTHOLM. up the subject with heart and hand, we are
E, HOUGHTON, firm in the belief that soon, and very soon,
J. WILBURN. the abundance of the sea shall be converted,
J. PENNEY. and through their conversion, the world be
B. PRynn. saved! Let the love of Christ constrain you-let the grace and authority of God influence and govern you. We ask you to be co-workers with us in this great work. " The eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, A voice from the ocean, a voice from your
and out of darkness."-Isa. xxix. 16. Saviour's cross, and your Saviour's throne, Various are the methods which the great says, " Come and help us !"
Disposer of all events is pleased to use, to We leave the cause in your hands. God bring about the fulfilment of the prophecies is blessing–Christ is pleading the Spirit contained in the volume of sacred truth ; is working-angels are expecting-heaven truly, it may be said, “ He worketh ali is rejoicing-hell is moving-death is ap- things after the counsel of his own will." proaching-eternity is at hand—and now it He has seen fit in the wisdom of his remains for the Church to awake, to work, Providence that some of the human race
should be deprived of natural sight, and thus be unable to read His most holy word by the use of the eye; but he has now provided an antidote for the seeming evil, and has endued the mind of some with wisdom to devise plans, by which these pitiable ob. jects may read his will by the use of the finger in tracing the sacred page ; and thus it may be said, in reference to the above passage, that a literal fulfilment thereof is taking place, by the establishment of a So. ciety called The METROPOLITAN SOCIETY FOR EDUCATING, CLOTHING, AND BOARD. ING THE NECESSITOUS BLIND; which is held at No. 32, Sackville-street, Piccadilly
It appears the Committee thereof are about speedily to open an asylum for the purpose of receiving inmates, from the age of seven years to thirteen ; and, at the same time, to impart instruction, not only to them, but to blind persons of all ages who may apply, upon the system of Mr. J. Gall, of Edinburgh, who is now immediately identified with the Society ; and the system is universally approved.
The proceedings of this Society are to be free from all sectarianism ; and the children are to be fed, clothed, lodged, and taught to read the word of God.
It is absolutely needful that the Christian public especially should be alive to the importance of this object; extensive pecuniary aid is needed to carry on the work, and maintain the outgoings of such an asylum ; and the committee will be glad of additions to their number, of some efficient persons who will take an active part in promoting the cause of the blind.
This Society has the high honour to be patronised by our most gracious Sovereign, and her illustrious mother, the Duchess of Kent; the Right Honourable Lord John Russell is President; and Thomas Fowell Buxton is Vice-President, thereof; and it is recommended by many respectable mi. nisters of various denominations. Subscriptions and donations are received by the following bankers :- James Ashley, Esq., 135, Regent-street; Messrs. Coutts and Co., 59, Strand ; and Messrs. Williams and Co., Birchin-lane, bankers to the Society; and also by the Secretary, or other office bearers, at the office of the Society, 32, Sackville-street.
May the God of all grace bless this humble effort in the cause of the Blind, so that it may be the means of salvation to many immortal souls, and to his name shall be all the praise and glory for ever. Amen.
Joseph Reyner, Esq., in the Evangelical Magazine for last month, as containing & most incorrect version of a note, in "Simpson's Plea for Religion.”
Mr. Reyner's respected biographer evi. dently made the reference from memory; it is, however, obscure and contradictory, since it first describes my father as saying, “It is the duty of all to make restitution; and immediately after, it represents him as retracting" but this is only fit for a Reyner.”
The insertion of the original note, in your valuable publication, will at once remove any misapprehension that may have been occasioned by Mr. Campbell's statement; and I am sure that it will afford you pleasure to perform tbis act of justice to the memory of my revered father.
I remain, Rev. Sir,
March 14, 1838.
"Among other unfavourable signs of the times, the vast number of bankruptcies in this kingdom is none of the least. I sup. pose we average six or seven hundred every year, besides all the composition businesses, which are still more numerous. But what I here chiefly refer to, as a proof of depraved morals, is, that, of all the instances of defraud, intentional or otherwise, practised upon the public, an instance of afterpayment is rarely recorded ; and whenever such an instance occurs, it is always spoken of with astonishment, as a thing not to be expected. If a man goes upon the high road, or breaks into your house, and robs you of a few pounds, he is infamous; and if he can be caught and arraigned, and the thing proved, he atones for the offence at the expense of his life. But a man, in a way of trade, shall cheat you of hundreds and thousands, shall pay you ten, five, or even only two shillings in the pound, yet be is a good fellow, a man of honour; he begins again, keeps it up, cuts a dash, cracks again, and all is well. He never dreams, that upon every principle of justice, honour, and conscience, he is as much a debtor for all his deficiencies, as though the law had never acquitted him. What an accumulation of guilt is upon this land on these accounts? Of the many thousands in this country who fall short in their payments, how few, how extremely few do we meet with, or hear of, who, afterwards, like the most worthy Reyner, call their creditors together, and pay them what, indeed, is justly due, but what they never could demand."-Simpson's Plea for Religion, p. 538.
ON RESTITUTION. To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
Rev. Sir, I have just received a letter calling my attention to the obituary of
OPENING OF ABNEY CHAPEL, STOKE
NEWINGTON. This place was opened for Divine worship on Thursday, March 22, 1838. The morning service commenced at twelve o'clock. The Rev. John Jefferson, minister of the place, offered the opening prayer; the Scriptures were read, and the general prayer was presented by the Rev. T. Lewis, of Is. lington; after which, the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, D.D., of Steppey, preached from Hab. ii. 19, 20 ; the Rev. John Campbell, of Kingsland, concluded with prayer. In the evening, at half-past six o'clock, the introductory services were conducted by the Rev. Robert Halley, D.D., of Highbury College ; and the Rev. James Bennett, D.D., of Silver-street chapel, London, preached from Matt. xviii. 20; the Rev. R. Philip, of Maberly chapel, concluded.
Three sermons were also preached on the following Sabbath, (March 25th,) in further aid of the Building Fund. In the morning, by the Rev. R. Wardlaw, D.D., of Glasgow, from Isaiah iv. 5; in the afternoon, by the Rev. John Jefferson, from Haggai ii. 9; and in the evening, by the Rev. John Blackburn, of Claremont chapel, from John vii. 37. The attendance at all these services was exceedingly numerous ; a truly devotional spirit seemed to prevail, and valuable_impressions, it is hoped, were made. The collections amounted to 1861.
other minor expedients. What he considered requisite was, a thorough organic change, by the adoption of a general system of government, through moral means alone. Many teachers seemed to hold that their sole province was—"to teach ;' but he asserted, “to rule was also their legitimate duty; and that “they who would teach must rule." In school-government he stated that three modes cuurted their attention :-1. By corporeal force. 2. By natural affection. 3. By moral influence. Wholly rejecting the first of these modes, he conceived that by a union of the two latter, a system of school-government might be framed which would enable “mind to govern mind," and thus be best suited to sentient and rational beings under a course of early religious pupilage. Mr. Althans illustrated his positions by various anecdotes derived from his lengthened experience, and suggested the propriety of hav, ing his plan fully discussed at social meetings of teachers.
ORDINATIONS. The Rev. Edward Edwards was recently ordained Pastor of the Independent Church at Moelvro, in the Isle of Anglesea. The Rev. E. Davies, of Llanerchymedd, delivered an introductory discourse descriptive of the nature and constitution of a Christian church. Rev. D. James, of Rhosymeirch addressed the young minister from 2 Tim. iv. 5; and the Rev. William Griffith, of Holyhead, preached to the people from 1 Cor. xvi. 10. The questions were proposed by the Rev. J. Evans, of Beaumaris, and the ordination prayer offered by the Rev. W. Jones, of Amlwch.
SUNDAY-SCHOOL GOVERNMENT. This important subject has been recently brought under the special attention of Sun. day-school teachers in the Metropolis, in a series of lectures delivered in different school-rooms, by Mr. Henry Althans, of the Sunday-school Union. It has been frequently remarked by strangers who have visited Sunday-schools, that they do not, in general, present the fairest patterns of order ; that, although the teachers have evinced great assiduity in their endeavours to impart knowledge to the scholars, yet they manifest deficiency in cultivating good discipline and subordination. Mr. Dunn, in his Normal School Manual, refers to this drawback upon Sunday-schools, and inti. mates the necessity for some improvement. This has led the lecturer to a serious consideration of the entire subject, with a view to a practical remedy; and the result has enabled him to offer a system of schoolgoveroment for the adoption, in whole or in part, of his associates in the good work of Sunday-school instruction. He stated at the outset that he was quite weary of hearing Sunday-school teachers admonished to try special remedies for the existing defect-such as the necessity of punctuality of attendance, rewarding the scholars, and
The ordination of the Rev. John George to the pastoral office, over the church and congregation assembling at Cratfield, Suffolk, took place on Wednesday, March 15, 1837, when the Rev. J. W. Mayhew, of Walpole, commenced the services with reading the Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. W. Garthwaite, of Wattisfield, delivered the introductory discourse, and proposed the usual questions; the Rev. J. Dennant, of Halesworth, offered the ordi. nation prayer; the Rev. J. Leifchild, of Craven chapel, gave the charge; and the Rev. J. Buck, of Harleston, concluded with prayer. In the evening, the Rev. J. Raven, of Hadleigh, preached to the people. A preparatory sermon was delivered the previous evening, by the Rev. J. Whitby, of Ipswich.
On Thursday, October the 19th, 1837,
Mr. James Richards, late of Hackney the services solemn, interesting, and imTheological Institution, (son of the Rev. pressive. John Richards, of Birmingham, late of Norwood, Surrey, and formerly of Stour- On Thursday, November 9, 1837, the bridge, Worcestershire,) was solemnly and Rev. John Parry, from the Newtown Acapublicly set apart to the pastoral office, demy, was set apart to the pastoral office, over the re-organised Congregational church, over the Congregational church, meeting at in the town of Collumpton, Devon.
Salem, Machynlleth, North Wales. The The Rev. J. Barnsale, of Ottery, deliv. Rev. E. Davies, of Trawsfyndd, delivered ered an interesting and powerful address on the introductory discourse, from Ephethe nature of a scriptural church; the mi- sians i. 22; the Rev. C. Jones, of Dolnister's father offered the ordination prayer ; gellan, received the confession of faith ; the Rev. G. Payne, LL.D., of Exeter, very the Rev. S. Roberts, of Llanbrynmair, affectionately and impressively addressed offered the ordination prayer; a very the minister. The Rev. J. H. Cuff, of Wel judicious charge to the minister was lington, W. H. Heudebourck, of Taunton, given by the Rev. M. Jones, of Lllanuand N. Hellings, of Exeter, conducted the wchllyn; and an affectionate address to other parts of the service.
the church, by the Rev. D. Williams, of The Rev. John Richards preached to the Llanurtyd. On the same interesting occachurch and congregation, and administered sion, instructive addresses were also delithe Lord's-supper to the church on the vered by the Rev. Messrs. Griffiths, of Llanevening of the following Sabbath. The egryn,
Evans, of Barmouth, Price, of Penyservices will be long remembered.
bont, Everet, of Lanrwst, Morgans, of SamPleasing indications of prosperity have, mah, J. Roberts, of Llanbrynmair, and through the Divine blessing, followed the Williams, of Dinas. re-opening of the Congregational chapel in this populous but greatly depressed town; On Thursday, the 25th of January, 1838, and should it be found practicable, without the Rev. S. Muller was ordained to the hurdening other churches, to raise sufficient pastoral office over the church and congre. funds to justify such a step, it is in con- gation assembling at the Independent templation to erect school rooms (which Chapel, Edgware, Middlesex. The Rev. are much needed) in connexion with the F. W. Meadows, of Shepherd's-market, chapel.
commenced the service, by reading the
Scriptures and prayer ; the Rev. S. A. Da. On Thursday, December 7, 1837, the vies, of Enfield, delivered the introductory Rev. William Ambrose was publicly or- discourse, and received the answers of the dained pastor over the Independent church, church and pastor to the usual questions ; assembling for Divine worship at Salem the Rev. W. Clayton, of Mill Hill, offered Chapel, Port Madoc, Carnarvonshire. The up the ordination prayer; the Rev. C. service was introduced by the Rev. Joseph Morris, of Fetter-lane, gave an impressive Morris, of Llanengan ; the Rev. Edward charge, founded on Romans x. 1-4; the Davis, of Trawsfynydd, delivered the intro- Rev. A. Stewart, of Barnet, preached to ductory discourse; the Rev. David Grif- the people ; after which, the Rev. J. Durfiths, of Bethel, asked the usual questions ; rant, of Gate-street, concluded with prayer. the Rev. Thomas Pierce, of Liverpool, offered the ordination prayer; the Rev. William Hughes, of Saron, (aged eighty,) was particularly requested to deliver the On Thursday, October 5, 1837, Cratfield charge to the young minister ; and the Rev. Chapel was re-opened for public service, William Williams, of Carnarvon, preached after a very considerable enlargement. The to the people.
Rev. W. Garthwaite, of Wattisfield, preachAt two o'clock, sermons were delivered ed in the morning; the Rev. J. Alexander, by the Revs. Lewis Everett, of Llanrwst, of Norwich, in the afternoon ; and the Rev. and Thomas Pierce, of Liverpool; and in J. Raven, of Hadleigh, in the evening. The the evening, at six, by the Revs. Thomas circumstances under which this enlargeDavis, of festiniog, and William Jones, of ment has taken place are peculiarly in. Pwllheli.
teresting, and the most pleasing prospects The preceding evening, the Revs. Tho. are afforded of extensive usefulness. mas Edwards, Ebenezer, and William Morris, of Sleyn. The devotional parts of On Sunday, December 17, 1837, the the services were conducted by the Revs. Independent Chapel, Howden, Yorkshire, James Jones, Capel Helyg; Owen Thomas, after being considerably enlarged and imTal y sarn ; and Lewis Everett, of Lanrwst. proved, was re-opened for Divine service.
The congregations were very numerous, The Rev. James Sibree, of Hull, delivered the sermons evangelical, and the whole of two excellent sermons on the occasion.
During the week, the congregation was also favoured with the able services of the Rev. John Ely, of Leeds, and the Rev. James Parsons, of York. The collections, together with previous efforts, amounted to the sum of 2601.
the Rev. 0. Owyn, (the minister's brother,) and the Rev. Isaac Newton, engaged in the devotional exercises of the day; and we can with feelings of thankfulness say, “ It was well for us to be here."
On Tuesday, January 2nd, 1838, the first stone of a new Independent chapel was laid in the village of Ousefleet, in Marshland, Yorkshire, by Jarvis Empson, Esq., jun., who, in conjunction with his respected father, J. Empson, Esq., of Goole, Hull, have given the ground, accompanied with a handsome donation to assist in the erection. The day being fine, a considerable number of the villagers at. tended, and manifested by their appearance much pleasure in the services connected with the occasion. The Rev. H. Earle, of Goole, gave ont the hymns; the Rev. T. Stratten, then delivered a very appropriate address; and the Rev. J. Bruce, of Howden, concluded with prayer.
PROSPERITY OF RELIGION IN THE INDE
PENDENT CONNEXION IN YORK. The great increase of the church and congregation under the care of the Rev. James Parsons, has led the friends of the interest to the resolution of building a new chapel capable of seating 1500 persons. It is rather more than twenty-one years since Ludd Chapel was erected, which was entirely cleared of debt by the liberality of the congregation last year, and is still intended to be continued as a place of worship in the same denomination, having been al. ready the birth-place of many hundred souls. The site of the new chapel is to be in St. Saviour's-gate, about half a mile from the other, where the house of the late Gilbert Crompton, Esq., now stands, in a most eligible part of the city, which is said to have increased in population to the amount of 10,000 during the last twenty years.
SMETHWICK. A public meeting of the friends of the Redeemer was held on the 13th of April, 1837, for the purpose of forming a Christian church, (originally the members of Carr's. lane, Birmingham) and of recognising the Rev. D. A. Owyn, late of Samey, Montgomeryshire, as their pastor. The order of the service was as follows:
In the afternoon, the Rev. J. P. Jones, of Abbots Bromley, commenced by reading appropriate portions of Scripture and prayer; the Rev. J. C. Galloway, of West Bromwich, delivered a most clear and elaborate discourse on the nature of a Gospel church ; the Rev. J. Hammond, of Handsworth, of. fered the designation prayer; the Rev. J. A. James, Birmingham, delivered a most concise, affectionate, and pathetic address to the people (members of his church,) whom he resigned to the charge of their newlyelected pastor; and who now formed themselves into a distinct church. The usual questions were proposed by the Rev. J. A. Jamet ; the answers to which were brief, simple, but most appropriate. The scene during this part of the service was truly affecting; and but one delightful feeling prevailed among all; the Rev. – Richards, of Birmingham, concluded by prayer. At the close of the service the ministers and friends drank tea together in the body of the chapel.
At six o'clock the Rev. - Mather, of Bilston, commenced by reading the Scripture and prayer; the Rev. Thomas W. Jenkyn, of Stafford, delivered an impressive charge to the pastor; and the Rev. J. A. James preached to the church and congregation;
INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, ST. HELIER,
JERSEY The Congregational church in this popu. lous town, under the pastoral care of the Rev.W. Forster, have, since their formation under the ministry of the Rev. C. Traveller, been obliged to rent a place of worship, at a considerable annual expense, which they found to be a great detriment to the cause. They have, bowever, been enabled, throngh the liberality of friends and their own exertions, to erect for themselves a neat and commodious chapel. The building was opened for Divine service on the 23rd of October, 1837, by the Rev. H. Griffiths, of the Isle of Wight, who preached morning and evening to crowded and respectable congregations. The deep and solemn impressions produced by his discourses, but especially by that of the evening, which possessed uncommon force, elevation, and splendour of thought, will not soon be forgotten. The chapel has been regularly vested in trust for the Independent denomination. The yearly increase of the English residents in this lovely island presents an important and widening sphere of ministerial usefulness.
NOTICE OF REMOVAL. The Rev. Charles Hickman has accepted a unanimous invitation to the pastoral office, from the Independent Church at Heacham, near Lynn, Norfolk, and commenced his stated labours on the first Sabbath in the present year.